Laura Ling's Special Soup Revealed, Sort Of

Laura Ling with Hoagie

Why the hoagie, you ask? Wonder no more.

This morning we noted that the mom of freed journalist Laura Ling (right, with hoagie) had been making her daughter's "special soup" for two days. But what the heck was that soup? This evening, the New York Times reports: "'Laura loves this soup,' said Mary Ling, standing in front of her daughter’s house in North Hollywood with a bouquet of flowers and some nourishment. 'It’s a special Chinese herbal soup.'"

OK. That doesn't tell us much. Jump to, which says, "ABC's Kate Snow ... reported Wednesday evening that it's a 'Chinese watercress soup.'" (I can't find a link at this moment to back that up.)

More from that same Times story: "'She is really anxious to have fresh fruit and food,' Lisa Ling said of her sister. 'She told us there were rocks in her rice,' while in detention, she said. 'There will be a sushi dinner sometime really soon.'"