Had pho at Pho Xe Lau (Its all they sell) at Eden Center this weekend. Its kind of hard to spot since they have a table selling books outside and you can't really see in. I tried to peer in and the elderly man selling books outside said "beef noodle soup, inside" and nodded in that direction....so we went inside. I had beef pho, and my friend had chicken. he is a bit of health nut so was happy that teh chicken pho is made w/chicken broth and taht he was asked if he wanted white or dark meat, and when he said white..asked if he wanted skin. Anyway...the pho was very good. They gave us 3 fresh herbs (not counting the cilantro which was already in the soup)....basil (not the american variety), which I'm guessing was tarragon (for the chicken pho they said), and an herb I can't place. It has very long thin leaves and smelled like lemon. It wasn't lemon/lime leaves. I have no idea what lemon verbena looks like....scratch that. I just looked up lemon verbena...and it may be correct. Anyoen know for sure?
When I asked them what it was...they agve me the Spanish name (heh)...cilantrillo....which can't be right...since its another name for cilantro. (I looked it up.)