Do you have a favorite “sick food” — the thing you want to eat when you have a cold? Chicken soup is a popular one, but what about when you don’t eat chicken and, truth be told, aren’t the world’s biggest soup eater (and anyway, who in the hell wants to feed a toddler soup1)?
Without fail, right around day 2 of a cold, I want spicy-ass Thai food. It clears up your sinuses and it kind of soothes your throat or, if it doesn’t really soothe your throat, it makes your mouth feel like it’s on fire, which at least distracts you from how much your throat hurts for a while. I love that!
Being sick and pathetic also helps me convince Ben to get Thai food. It’s not that he doesn’t like Thai food — he does — but as a general rule, he prefers food that involves cheese (he could survive on nothing but pizza and burritos until the end of time). He’s not the world’s biggest Asian food eater, which is too bad because I love it. I think we have Chinese food maybe once a year, tops, which is tragic (although I can’t get too upset about it because I haven’t found the world’s awesomest Chinese food in Denver).
Anyway, our new go-to Thai place is Tommy’s. Our default pick-up order is:
- fried tofu
- pad kea mow (drunken noodles) with tofu, medium (Soren likes the tofu in this)
- panang (red) curry with tofu, hot
Ben and I share everything and Soren eats the tofu from the non-hot stuff (he actually might enjoy the hot stuff but we haven’t given him any; he does like reasonably spicy green chili and when I was pregnant I often craved big fat jalapenos). You can order your food mild, medium, hot, or Thai hot. I like to think I’m pretty bad ass, but I haven’t even attempted Thai hot. “Hot” is plenty hot enough to make your nose run and your lips catch fire.
Mmmmm, spicy-ass Thai food. It’s good for what ails you.
1. Every day he goes to daycare, Soren comes home with a sheet that tells us about his day, including activities, diaper changes, nap, and food. Some days it says he had soup. I do not understand how this is possible, nor can I even imagine feeding soup to a room full of toddlers.