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Which restaurant serves your favorite Pho Soup?

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Hey everyone! So the question is, which restaurant serves your favorite Pho Soup and also, can you let me know what makes that particular Pho Soup exceptional to your tastebuds?

Thanks in advance,
Abby

  1. Pho 999 in Van Nuys or North Hollywood -- it's the broth and the fact that the noodles are never, ever stuck together. Pho So 1 in Van Nuys and Reseda gets points for having ngo gai on occasion in the xalach dia.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I think I need my Pho Soup dictionary. :) What is "ngo gai" and "xalach dia"?

      1. re: pleasurepalate

        Ngo gai is known as "sawleaf herb" in English and "culantro" (notice the "u", it's not a misspelling) -- it taste like stronger cilantro (with an "i").

        Xalach dia -- the herb plate that comes with pho. Means "table salad" in Viet.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Thanks for the info. While I love ethnic foods, it's hard to keep up with all the unfamiliar descriptors of those ethnic foods.

    2. Pho So 1 at Victory and Sepulvida is my favorite because it serves Bun Bo Hue (if you don't know what that is, Google it) and most Pho places do not.

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      1. re: brwencino

        If you're not into pho, they have fantastic bun dau hu ky, which is the usual rice-noodle bowl, with shrimp paste covered with tofu "paper" and deep-fried.

      2. I've heard from a very reliable source that Saigon Flavor is a place to definitely try.

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        1. re: Bon Vivant

          Saigon Flavor is my all-time favorite place for pho. Soup is always piping hot, noodles are firm and never stick together.

        2. Is there such a thing as vegatarian or Seafood only Pho? It's my understanding that most (if not all) Pho restaurants serve only beef broth as a base. I love the stuff, but can't take my seafood-eating-vegatarian wife out for it.

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          1. re: pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo

            There's mushroom-based pho, but I'm not sure of its availability... I know it from Ba Le in Kailua-Kona. In any case, you can have your wife say "Tôi không an thit", which means, "I don't eat meat", or "Ban don an pho chay, phai khong?" which means "Do you serve vegetarian pho?" ("Khong phai" in the reply means "no" -- "don", "don an", "vang", "a" or "da" all mean "yes".)

            1. re: pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo

              Check out http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/.... Excellent vegetarian Viet. restaurant in Reseda. While I love the meat Bun Bo Hue, the owner of this place makes a great vegetarian one (if you can believe that). I always get it "super spicy". If you are not Viet. and ask for it that way (assuming you like spicy), he will know who told you.

            2. Pho 79 and Pho Superbowl in Alhambra. The broth tastes great in both places.