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My favorite Little Saigon Pho

ghotihed | Apr 2, 200401:35 AM

This dish is quite interesting for this region. As you drive thru Little Saigon, you see dozens, maybe hundreds of signs advertising pho. As others have mentioned in the past, there is quite a variety of quality for what is basically beef with soup and rice noodles.

However, I have a favorite that I've gone to for about five years now called Pho 79 on the NW corner of Brookhurst and Hazard (actually behind the stripmall there). It's one of the originals (1979?) to the area and has that "patina" of a place that old. The noodles are always the right doneness, not too soft, not too hard, and fresh. My favorite is the large #24 with rare and well done beef plus tendons. And the broth: oh wow. An intoxicating and deep broth with multiple layers of complexity, not unlike a great wine, that makes others seem like water with beef bouillion. I spend a few moments each time just breathing in the bouquet of the steaming soup vapors. I would be happy to just drink a big bowl of the soup. Granted, I've not tried ALL the pho places, but I've been to at least a dozen others and they don't hold a candle to here, imo.

Just wondering if anyone else shares my dedication to this temple of pho...if not, give it a try. If anyone's got others they feel so strongly about, please share!

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