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SGV Adventures: Lee Kam Kee Vietnamese In Alhambra

Dommy | Mar 22, 2007 03:43 PM

Pho is a funny thing. I once was talking to a Vietnamese co-worker of mine about how big it’s gotten. Not even she got it. It’s good, but certainly nothing to get into a fuss over. That is, until you get a craving… We both agreed on this too… once you get a craving, nothing but Pho will do… I dunno what it is… the fish sauce, the herbs… Well, I still haven’t figured it out but I recently found myself in that ‘spot’ and luckily right down the street from school is Lee Kam Kee

Located at the corner of Valley and Freemont, this is nice-ish full service restaurant with a very pleasant staff. The prices are more than fair and in the end my order totaled about $25 bucks… Not bad for four dishes… And when my order was up… the nice man came out of the kitchen with a Box…. No… not a take out box… but a MOVING box…

I was in awe at the amount of food in there!! All nicely packaged, even the pho condiments too! WOW… he even insisted on helping me out to my car… I could not wait to get home…

Upon arrival, I had SO circling as I carefully unpacked everything. The first thing we dove for was the Eggrolls… I LOVE Vietnamese egg rolls because they are mostly MEAT!! Little meaty fingers with none of that slimy cabbage or sprouts…

The order was a huge one! Five cigar sized beauties. We each wrapped them up in the lettuce leaves and then dipped in sauce (All found within ‘the box!’) and were pretty darn happy. The shell could have been a WEE crisper. The filling was obviously pork, but with another seasoning we just could not place. I hate to use the word “Bizzare” but it was definitely different…

Next up came the Pho, I admit perhaps I don’t get the Pho thing because my favorite version is actually Pho Ga. Chicken! This versions sadly wasn’t as good as I hoped. It wasn’t bland, just kinda flat. The condiments helped out a lot, but it was missing that Pho ‘soul’…

After a few sips, I kinda just let it alone to ‘mellow’ and served myself some Chicken Curry! This was SPECIAL. It reminded me a lot Thai Panang Curry, but with more balance and this ‘velvet’ texture. There as also a TON of chicken in there too!

Finally, I had ordered something from the ‘Chef’ specialties menu, Veggies. In this case it was Baby Bok Choy! One of our favorites. It looked great! But sadly the flavor was BLAND. No savoriness, no green, just kinda watered down. THIS was bizarre. It was even weirder because of all the dishes, THIS was the most expensive… Hmmm…

All in all, a good meal, but not at all what I had hoped it to be. But oddly enough, now I know where to go when I get a Thai Curry craving.. :)


Lee Kam Kee Vietnamese
(626) 282-7720
2505 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

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