Thanks, twocents. Kim Huong's next on the list.
I was actually thinking about how much it resembled Taiwanese spicy beef noodles... maybe that's why I find it so much more satisfying than standard pho. What are your East Bay recs for Taiwanese (and while we're at it, Thai) beef stew noodles? The only Taiwanese ones I've had in the East Bay were at Spices 3, which were ok the first two times, but way too salty the last time. Really, they just made me miss the ones at A&J in Cupertino, with the thick, chewy noodles.