When You’re Sick – Comfort Food (Home Remedies Too)
First off, a little update. The Pneumonia is better. I still feel a little weak and I get winded fast. But no lower back aches! That’s the one that kept me from sleeping. But I have this cough. I think I coughed so much around Friday that my ribs hurt every time I cough. I mean, sore kine so I wrap my arms around my front (like in a straight-jacket) and hold my ribs when I cough. And I sleep in about a 45° angle because I tend to cough when I lie flat. But there is no stuffy head, no running nose, no sore throat, no sinus pressure – just a yucky feel with sore ribs.
But back to the topic: Comfort foods when you’re sick. When I had head colds or the flu, after seeing my doctor at Kuakini Physicians Building, I used to swing to Lin’s Cantonese Restaurant at Liliha Times and have a bowl of Chinese saimin. Maybe it was the steam from the saimin or the spices – but I used to feel better after eating it. It was my go-to comfort food when sick.
But alas, Lin’s closed up and was replaced with Nice Day restaurant.
The day after I got sick, Paula immediately brought me Chinese saimin from Hoy Tin. But I was in no condition to eat anything. Somewhere during this illness, I thought that maybe some Vietnamese Pho would help. Paula brought some home for me. It was ono – little bit too oily for when one is sick – but I ate it nonetheless. Didn’t help…
Paula made me chicken soup one night. Tasted good and was nice and hot. But it also seemed a bit too oily. Or salty.
So another night, Paula introduced me to “okai“. That’s very sticky, watery (but not soup-like) rice seasoned with a little bit of salt. It’s like a rice porridge. It was pretty bland for me. I wanted to sprinkle some furikake on it. Or better yet – throw in an ume. But we don’t have any ume. And the furikake would’ve just made it more salty anyway. But I plan to try it again with ume. Here’s a picture of what it looks like after this person added some shoyu.
But the ultimate Feeling Sick Comfort Food for me is: Corn Chowder.
Paula whipped up a big pot of homemade corn chowder with real bacon, red potatoes, lot’s of celery (I love celery), onions and all the love that goes in to making my favorite soup. It hit the spot!
Oh, and liquids. The doc said to drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated. For the first couple of days – I was drinking soda. Sierra Mist to be exact. It tasted so good going down. Actually, anything cold felt good going when I was battling a 102° fever. And Popsicles. I was downing Popsicles to help cool me down. The weird thing was that – when I was burning up and sweating the fever, after I had something cold, I’d get the chills and have to wrap up myself under the blanket.
But anyway – after one of my many doctor appointments, we stopped by the market to get more Popsicles and there was POG on sale. I said that I like POG and Paula said to go get one (better than drinking soda). I went through that gallon of POG in 2 days. I’m almost done with my second gallon – and there’s yet one more just waiting for me.
POG was this illness’s drink of choice for me.
Mahalo to sally for sending me a remedy to help loosen the gala-galas. I didn’t try it yet. I should. It might help me sleep better though the night.
What are your When You’re Sick Comfort food? Does it work for you? All the time? Do have have special home remedies that you make to help you get better? Share your comfort foods and home remedies with us.