Sleep Late Soup
In Hanoi, pho hawkers start their broth at around 2 a.m. so it can simmer for hours. Lucky you: If a craving hits for the clean flavors and healing warmth of this Vietnamese classic, you can have it steaming in front of you in 45 minutes. Normally, you'd have to scour specialty markets to find rice noodles, whole star anise, cinnamon bark, black cardamom, and hoisin sauce. But Rachael Lake's easy kit includes those, and everything else you need (except for your choice of protein) to achieve the ideal Vietnamese balance of spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. The box's contents are shelf-stable, so no worries about wilting or spoilage. If you'd like to add optional fresh herbs and sprouts, the easy-to-follow recipe card tells how. Low in effort, high in satisfying flavor, it'll impress everyone you make it for, including you. Makes four adult servings. Hand assembled in Sunnyvale, California, from global ingredients.