A friend and I decided to "roll the dice" in Westminster and try a new shop. We ended up at "Nguyen Thuy" on Westminster Blvd. First of all they didnt have "pho tai sach" (with tripe) on the menu. So I just ordered pho tai. In fact when I asked if they do pho tai sach, the waiter looked very puzzled. I couldnt tell whether he was surprised that a gringo knew what it was or whether HE didnt know was it was!! Well the pho that come to my table was GROSS. The broth was outrageously oily and left an oil slick on your lips after each bite. The noodles were a mushy mess and the beef was tough and chewy. A total disapointment.
We also ordered bun bo hue (spicy lemon grass soup with beef blood, shrimp balls and flank). This soup was much better then the pho (not a big accomplishment) and the shrimp balls in this dish were fabulous.
Our final order was the house special "khay banh hoi" combo which is various meats presented with a ton of herbs, lettuce and angel vermicelli. You basically take the meat and herbs and contruct a taco/burrito with the lettuce leaves, then dip into nouc mum. Of the various meats, the grilled pork and pork meatballs were excellcent. The shrimp cake was too greasy and fishy.
Total for the 3 orders and 2 beers-$30. Not a bad place if you want to order something OTHER THAN PHO.
Sorry for the double post