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Pho Le Loi

Erik M | | Jan 21, 2008 07:26 AM

Pho Le Loi reopened under new ownership last Monday, and, over the course of multiple visits on my part (4), it is apparent that the word of mouth is spreading rapidly in the local Vietnamese community...

The Deal: A family-owned and staffed establishment which features a well-edited roster of Central and Northern Vietnamese classics like turmeric-flavoured fish fillets with onion and dill (cha ca thang long), rice vermicelli with sliced pork and pork patties in a warm dressing (bun cha ha hoi), spicy Hue-style noodle soup with pork hock, sliced beef shin, and housemade steamed pork loaf (bun bo hue), and rice noodle soup with chicken (pho ga).

The Score: As mentioned above, I've made several visits now, with repeated samplings each time, and the clear standouts on the menu are the turmeric-seasoned fish fillets (cha ca thang long) and the rice vermicelli with grilled/sliced pork and pork patties in a warm dressing (bun cha ha hoi). Have you tried the much-ballyhooed turmeric-flavoured fish dish at Viet Soy Cafe? Well, now you can see how it is really done... arriving at table spitting and sputtering on a cast iron pan. Are you familiar with the iconic version of bun cha ha noi at Garden Grove's Binh Minh? Well, Pho Le Loi took that as their point of departure, and I dare say they've bested it. <smile>

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Pho Le Loi
107 Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel


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