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Pho Bao Long in Downtown Sunnyvale

tanspace | Nov 8, 2004 05:36 PM

Pho Bao Long is a newly opened Pho and Vietnamese restaurant in downtown Sunnyvale on Murphy. The owners are originally from the L.A. area.

We ordered a medium Pho with Flank & Brisket, BBQ Pork over Rice plate, and the Grilled pork chop + Shredded Pork + Crab meat cake with Rice plate. The Pho had dark colored soup base which had very good beef stock flavor. It did not taste like powdered soup which some of the other places in the south bay utilize. It also tasted slightly on the sweeter side, but there's no MSG aftertaste as some other places. The rice noodles were standard.

The flank and brisket was very good. The flank is similar to the ones at Pho Kim Long, which is one of the best in the south bay outside of San Jose Vietnamese town. The brisket is in some sense better than Kim Long in that it was sliced even thinner, which made it more tender. Both cuts of meat were tender and better than the regular pho places.

The BBQ Pork with Rice was also very good. The many big slices of pork was nicely grilled and very tender. The flavor was also right on along with the nicely cooked rice. This place is worth going back for.

Last but not least, the Grilled pork chop, shredded pork, crab meat cake with Rice plate was also good. The two pieces of grilled pork chop were tasty, though not as tender as the BBQ pork. The big yellow triagular shaped thing is the crab meat cake, made with fake crab meat, fen si (thin mungbean noodles), ground pork, and egg. It is very tasty and homey. The shredded pork tasted ok, but I think also contained some chewy shredded pork skin. I like pork skin but only when its crispy. So next time I would probalby order the other combo plate with chicken wings instead.

Overall I rate this place slightly below Kim Long for Pho, as Kim Long's soup has slightly more robust flavor. And for rice dishes, I rate it similar to Vung Tau chains. However as it is much closer to where I live, it'll get definitely get more business from me as one of the best Pho and Rice places in the area.

-t

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