Started at the NE corner of First and McKinley at the place that faces the intersection (sorry, don't recall the name). They had the sands premade, wrapped in plastic. A young couple waiting for an order told me to try the place a few doors to the north (along the First St. side) where they make them fresh for you. So I went to Pho #1 and picked up another. It was much better, the bread crunchy on the outside, nice and soft inside. Good fresh flavors from the cucumber, daikon, carrot and cilantro ($2.00). Both were larger than the one I'd tried months earlier at the place on the SW corner of Shaw and Blackstone.
Couple of days later tried May's Cafe (SW Clinton & Fresno Sts.). Again made fresh and also seemed to have more filling (3 meats, IIRC), a really great sandwich ($2.50). Got the craving again after a few days and ordered it with extra sauce and cilantro. The extra sauce made it a little too salty in a few places along the seam of the bun, will just ask for extra cilantro next time.
2327 N. Fresno St.
1656 N. First St.
A former co-worker who is Hmong invited our office to a lunch he was preparing for about 100 people yesterday, which unfortunately I was unable to attend. What caught my interest was the location, the Asian Village. I did a Google search and came up with the link below which had a recommendation for a restaurant there called Pho Phuong Nine.
Wondering if any hounds have checked out this center for potential chow gems? Will definitely give it a sniff next trip to that side of town.
Asian Village Shopping Center is located at 4903 E. Kings Canyon Ave. at S. Winery (NE corner). Pho Phuong Nine is open 7 days 8am to 8pm.
Interesting LA Times article on Laotian farmers.