Best of Philly 2004 Vietnamese
Pho Xe Lua
907 Race Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Saturday lunch at Pho Xe Lua in Chinatown puts you in the company of dozens of teenage and young-adult Asians eating enormous platters at the speed of light — raw fresh flank steak with lime juice, sauteed chicken with lemongrass on rice, snails with coconut and basil, grilled pork balls on vermicelli. Follow their lead, and order a fresh mango milkshake if you're timid, or a red bean, mung bean and Jell-O combination if you're brave.