My main destination was the HV tofu that was highly touted by many people for its flower tofu (sweet tofu). I am not a sweet tofu connoisseur but it was pretty good especially with the sweet ginger sauce provided. For like $2 it was a very good IMO. Great if you warm it up in microwave and then put some of the syrup in your spoon and then scoop up the soft silky tofu.
I also bought the fried tofu that had bits of clear bean thread noodle and probably bits of ear mushrooms - something like 5 or 6 pieces for $1. As good or better than Binh Minh in SJ. Even better when refried (deep fried ) at home. The crispness will stimulate your tastebuds for sure. I bought the other goodies there but was not particularly impressed.
HV tofu is located in the corner of Lundy and Berryesa where Chevron gas station is.
A few doors down is Pho Cuong. Folks, this is a very decent pho place. The broth has lots of flavor and that slightly sweet nuance probably from the richness of the beef essence. The meats are allright (Flank steak, brisket). It also has oxtail, a pleasant surprise if you ask for it. Very tender almost fall of the bone but still has that succulent texture to it. Strangely, a small bowl of beef fat with small pieces of green onion was provided - great if you mix it in the bowl of soup.
My wife got the broken rice with pork chop, shredded por, sausage (lap chong) and fried egg (optional) but it was not that great IMO. Just decent.
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