Best Noodle Soup

Tom Yum Noodle Soup at Baan Thai
1326 14th St. NW, (202) 588-5889
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Not for the flavor averse, this soup contains roasted pork, ground chicken, pork rinds for crunch, pickled jalapenos, green onions, noodles, and a broth with so much heat, tang, and funk that it almost tastes like anger feels—in a good way. You’ll think, “There’s no way I’ll be able to finish this generous dish,” but you will because of umami’s magical powers. As an added bonus, the tom yum noodle soup travels well, should you be ordering Baan Thai for pick-up.