On November 12th, the world celebrates Chicken Soup for the Soul Day.
Okay, well probably not most of the world. It’s a little-known holiday (though it does exist)! But especially with a rough past couple of days – from surprise election results to the expected-as-usual chilly weather – we could all use some chicken soup today.
Chicken soup is one of the easiest things to make ever, and is something I ate a lot my first few weeks of university. There’s something about it, be it chicken-flavored ramen or your mom’s homemade stuff, that can warm your soul all on its own. If you’ve got a kitchen, the steps are simple:
- Buy chicken and vegetables
- Boil it all in a pot*
However, most of us either a) do not have a kitchen, b) lack motivation to cook a pot of soup, or c) tried to cut corners and just had ramen but feel it lacks soul.
For everyone this applies to (which let’s be honest, is all of us at some point), here’s a handy list:
WHERE TO FIND SOUP AND SOUL IN NYC
1. Jin Ramen
The Harlem Jin Ramen is hidden just behind the 125th St. stop on the 1 – and every bit worth seeking out. Help yourself to a hearty bowl of delicious soup or donburi – the delicious rice bowls that are only $7 for a [HUGE] small size. Close to campus and just…yum. It warms you to the core.
Though it tends to be crowded on Friday and Saturday evenings in particular, go for an early lunch and you’ll have no wait at all.
2. With a friend and chicken ramen
Leaving your room/suite/apartment is hard; being hungry and alone is harder. Solve the dilemma – invite a friend! Stock up on cheap soup cups right now to make sure you’re prepared for this situation!
Sure, it takes twenty minutes to get there – but you’ll make up for burned calories as soon as you walk into this Harlem soul food staple. Defined by its friendly staff and delicious fried chicken, it also features unlimited free cornbread.
Yes. That does say unlimited free cornbread.
4. Alone in your room, with a blanket
Sometimes, your own soul is enough. Light a Christmas-y smelling candle, curl up in a comforter, and maybe just order soup from Seamless. Jin Ramen without the wait.
Stay warm inside and out!
*For a bit more in-depth chicken soup recipe, check out this from the Food Network’s Tyler Florence!