My Khe Quan Hue “serves the best central Vietnamese food I’ve had,” says Robert Lauriston. That is, compared to the two other places (now closed) he’s tried. Order the banh beo, steamed rice paste with pork and dried shrimp.
Pasta noodle soup has pork, seafood, herbs, egg noodles, and not nearly enough delicious broth. Spicy seafood soup is great too, but surprisingly, the central Vietnamese specialty bun bo hue is on the bland side.
Down the road at Saigon Kitchen, there’s a twist on the traditional “beef seven ways” (bo 7 mon): fish nine ways. Yes, it’s fish made with the same preparations as the beef, plus a couple of extra versions. In both the beef and fish lineups, the porridge is the standout, Robert says. The other house specialty, whole fried catfish, looks worth a try too.
My Khe Quan Hue [South Bay]
960 Story Road, San Jose
Saigon Kitchen [South Bay]
1111 Story Road, San Jose