Mom? There's something I need to tell you. Yes, you'd better sit down. Here take this box of tissues. So you know how you've always said there's nothing better than chicken soup for the common cold or a tired soul? Well, you're wrong. Try this. It's a bowl of pho
from Pho Long, a tiny restaurant that specializes in the traditional Vietnamese soup. It doesn't look like much yet, just thin slices of beef and rice noodles in a dark broth but check out all you can toss in there: basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, jalapeños, lime juice, a few squirts of sriracha chile sauce. Notice how the fresh herbs, hot chiles and tangy lime clear every cloud from your head? How the savory broth rejuvenates you as quickly as a shot of espresso? The beef is delicious, too, and Pho Long also offers oxtail, meatballs, tripe and tendon. (There's chicken, too!) It's OK, Mom. I know it's a lot to accept all at once. What's that? You're not upset? Then why are you crying? Oh. I told you, Mom. Just a few squirts of sriracha next time.