The Great Pho of Little Saigon

The older sister of Pho 79’s owner has opened a place in San Gabriel, reportedly using the same recipes, says raytamsgv. Pho tai is generally pretty good, though it somehow seems wrong to be watching a Bee Gees reunion concert on the wide-screen TV while you eat.

“Between the tired appointments and the lackadaisical service, I keep expecting to find some reason not to like [the old] Pho 79, but the pho is SOOOOO good and SOOOO cheap,” says Will Owen, who thinks it’s just about the best.

In Little Saigon, Pho 79 ties with Pho Thanh Lich for the best pho, says Das Ubergeek.

Pho Thanh Lich’s pho tai dac biet, or house special pho tai, is made with filet mignon. Get it on the side so you can dip it in the broth and cook it rare yourself, rather than have it boil in the soup before it even reaches your table. The broth is incredibly rich, with the deep flavor of long cooking, the noodles perfectly done.

The bun cha gio thit nuong, vermicelli with spring rolls and grilled pork, is also very good, and the portion is huge.

Trying to hunt down eatdrinknbmerry’s favorite Chiu Chow place, though, Das Ubergeek unfortunately confused New Trieu Chau with Trieu Chau and ended up ordering rice porridge with no more flavor than water, served with ketchup. Not only is “new” not better in this case, the two aren’t even related.

At the right Trieu Chau, kingkong5 is a fan of the mi dac biet—egg noodle soup with pork, shrimp, and fried-chicken broth. It’s good with xiu mai, little pork meatballs. There’s also an off-the-menu special of tasty pork bone broth, soup hoac (pronounced “whack”).

Pho 79 [San Gabriel Valley]
980 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel
626-287-3158

Pho 79 [San Gabriel Valley]
29 S. Garfield Avenue, Alhambra
626-289-0239

Pho 79 [San Gabriel Valley]
535 W. Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel
626-289-0657

Pho 79 [Orange County]
9200 Bolsa Ave #117, Westminster
714-893-1883

Pho 79 [Orange County]
9941 Hazard Avenue, Garden Grove
714-531-2490

Pho Thanh Lich [Orange County]
14500 Brookhurst Street, Westminster
714-531-5789

Pho Thanh Lich [710 Corridor]
1036 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach
562-432-3133

New Trieu Chau Restaurant [Orange County]
9902 Westminster Boulevard, Garden Grove
714-537-2433

Trieu Chau [Orange County]
4401 W. First Street, Santa Ana
714-775-1536

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