Dan’s Thai Beef, Pork and Meatball Noodle Soup, Le Thai

Don’t let all the well-deserved hype surrounding downtown’s new Thai joint overshadow the humble noodle soup: beef bones with the marrow, beef and pork slices mingle with ginger, lemongrass, onions, carrots and chef/owner Daniel Coughlin’s secret spice mix. The highly flavorful soup is served in a huge bowl with tasty beef meatballs, green leaf lettuce, bean sprouts, fried garlic, preserved cabbage, green onion, cilantro and plenty of firm noodles for the slurping. You might get through half of it. Just remember that sitting in your fridge, the chili spice only further infuses its heat into the soup. $9, 523 E. Fremont St., 778-0888.

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