Little Saigon owed me a debt. After the disastrous meal at New Trieu Chau, they owed me a big debt of good food.
I've still got the coughing plague. It drives me crazy, because it's fine as long as something is going down my throat, but I have no appetite, so I end up sipping on tea or water all day and eating almost nothing.
Well, on Sunday, I decided I wanted some nourishment, so I headed down to Pho Thanh Lich, on the SE corner of Brookhurst and Hazard (same plaza as Pagolac, if that gives you a point of reference).
I ordered the "pho tai dac biet" -- that's the house special tai, made with filet mignon. Get it on the side, so you can dip it and cook it rare. The broth, though a bit salty, is rich and is obviously made properly -- that is, slowly. It has great mouth feel. The noodles were perfectly cooked. They even used the right kind of bowl, so that the broth is still warm at the end.
My only complaint is that I wanted some ngo gai (I don't know what you call this in English -- sawleaf herb?) and they didn't have any.
My wife got a big bowl of bun cha gio thit nuong, vermicelli with spring rolls and grilled pork. It was an enormous bowl -- a huge bowl. She pronounced it very good and proceeded to polish it off, which told me it really was good.
I had a cup of ca phe sua da (iced coffee with condensed milk) which was made for me -- I'm used to having the filter in front of me -- but it was very good, and again, a large glass.
Total including tip was $16.
This and Pho 79 across the street are always my answers to any "best pho in Little Saigon" question, and you can see why. Theoretically there's a branch on Anaheim Street in the LBC, but I've never gone.
Pho Thanh Lich
14500 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA 92683
Pho Thanh Lich
1036 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813