Friday's late lunch turned out to be a big bowl of pho ga long me trung non ("chicken meats and intestines noodle soup") at the newish branch of Turtle Tower in the Richmond instead of ramen. The soothing chicken broth was just the ticket -- light and non-greasy brimming with concentrated chicken-y comfort. While translated as "intestines" on the menu, the innards were just fresh-tasting, creamy textured chicken livers along with boneless pieces of steamed lemongrass chicken. The Northern style pho was topped with fragrant scallions and cilantro. The only other garnishes were some fresh jalapeño and lemon. Made with fresh, chewy rice noodles, this steamy bowl was the essence of simple, clean and direct flavors. Available in two sizes, my bowl shown below is the large for $5.95. The small is $5.40.
The menu at the new place has 26 dishes at lunch time, plus a few additional dinner specials posted on the wall, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks. This location is open until 9pm, staying open later than the Tenderloin. It takes credit cards and has a pay lot next door. It's located a block east of Aziza.
Turtle Tower Restaurant
Nh`a H`ang Tháp Rûa
5716 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco 94121
Open 7 days a week
9am to 9pm
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