Chicken Soup for the Soul: 5 of the Best International Bowls in Brooklyn

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If you’re like seemingly everyone else we know, you’ve been battling some dastardly hybrid head/chest/stomach-related sickness this week. And with temperatures fluctuating between 50 degrees one moment and -7 the next, something tells us that we too will eventually fall prone to a debilitating airborne illness. But we simply refuse to subject ourselves to hyper-colored pharmaceutical cocktails, chased down by cans of Campbell’s chicken noodle.
Because that powerful homeopathic remedy, Jewish penicillin, comes in a countless number of thoughtfully crafted, multi-cultural variations throughout the borough…and the best part is, you can even get most of them delivered directly to your deathbed.

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Chuko’s Chicken Ramen: It’s generally a cop-out to order broth at ramen places that hasn’t been coaxed from the unctuous, fatty bones of swine. But the poultry-based version is hardly an afterthought at Chuko, boasting chopstick-tender slabs of steamed Giannone Farms chicken, springy Sun Noodles, and two vibrantly orange-yolked halves of a perfectly poached egg.
552 Vanderbilt Ave., (718) 576-6701

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Junior’s Matzoh Ball Soup: You’ll probably want to forgo the famous cheesecake until you’re capable of breathing through your nose again. But the second-best dish at the Brooklyn’s flagship is a gold-standard matzoh ball soup; sporting a single fat sinker slicked with rich schmaltz.
386 Flatbush Avenue Ext., (718) 852-5257

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Café Glechik’s Chicken Soup with Pelmeni: As good as the borscht is at this Ukrainian restaurant, the saucer of chive-flecked chicken soup is a must-order whether you’re sick or no, swimming with a generous handful of nubby pelmeni (thin-skinned, chicken-stuffed dumplings).
1655 Sheepshead Bay Rd., (718) 332-2414

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Mesa Coyoacan’s Sopa Azteca: Feed your cold (and clear your sinuses) with Mesa Coyoacan’s authentic and wildly delicious tortilla soup; a brick red chicken broth spiked with Guajillo and Ancho chiles and crowned with queso fresco, avocado and flash-fried tortilla strips.
372 Graham Ave., (718) 782-8171

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Pok Pok Ny’s Khao Soi Kai: A Chiang Mai specialty with Chinese Muslim origins, this mild curry noodle soup is made with house-pressed coconut milk, and comes with a variety of toppers that add textural interest and a goodly amount of heat; pickled mustard greens, shallots, and roasted chili paste.
117 Columbia St., (718) 923-9322

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