A Vietnamese friend of a friend took us to this place. It's in a little strip mall across the street from Grand Century, where there's a very popular Vietnamese food court. Very short menu (maybe five appetizers and ten main dishes), cash only, no beer.
We ordered all the four or five appetizers. Banh beo, the steamed rice paste with pork and dried shrimp in a little dish, and a couple of other chewy rice items ("twin buns" and a fish and rice tamale-like item) were really good. I liked the pate rolls but nobody else was crazy about them. A clam salad with crunchy things, rau ram, and who knows what else reminded me of Burmese salads but was a bit bland.
Then we shared three soups, all with different kinds of noodles and different broths. The most interesting was "pasta noodle soup," which had pork, seafood, herbs, lots of egg noodles, and not very much of a very delicious broth, more of a noodle dish than a soup, really. The spicy seafood soup was also great. The bun bo hue was a bit bland by comparison with the other two but was very good.
This place serves the best central Vietnamese food I've had, which isn't saying a whole lot since I've only been to two other places, several times to Quang Da in Oakland, which closed, and once to a place in the Tenderloin that I think also closed. Definitely worth a detour.
After lunch we checked out another Vietnamese food court in the mall that has the Tully Rd. branch of Lion.
My Khe Quan Hue
960 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
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