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I've some friends who are under the weather with upper respiratory infections - stuffy heads, sore throats, coughs, etc. - and I'd like to take them some good Pho ga.

At least I *think* that's what I want to take them - that's the Vietnamese chicken soup, right? They're vegetarians, but do eat poultry.

I'm in Pasadena, they're in north San Gabriel - where should I go to get their soup? And is there anything else I should pick-up at the restaurant, in addition to the soup, that you think they might enjoy?

Many thanks!

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  1. Well, if they eat chicken, then they're certainly not vegetarians! They're what - chickatarians? But that's one of my favorite things when I'm sick too. If you go to Golden Deli on Las Tunas, you could also pick up some nice spring rolls.

    1. My Hanh, 9611 E. Garvey, S. El Monte.

      1. Another suggestion to the excellent ones already posted is one closer to Pasadena: Vietnam Delicious, located in the Food Court next to Full House at the 99 Ranch shopping center, corner of Duarte Road and Golden West.

        1. Thanks for the recommendations - I'll be heading out this afternoon and am already salivating.

          I've another question or two, if y'all don't mind:

          1 - If I order Pho ga, is it safe for me to assume that the broth will be chicken-based and that the toppings won't contain beef or pork?

          2 - Are there any sides/appetizers/starters that are vegetarian (or whatever the correct term is for people that don't eat mammals but do eat fowl and seafood) safe?

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          1. re: ElsieDee

            Yes, you can assume that pho ga is made with chicken broth and no pork, at least at the places we're sending you to.

            As for sides -- see if they have stuffed tofu. It's stuffed with shrimp paste and deep-fried -- fantastic stuff.

          2. Pho Superbowl in Alhambra and Vietnam House in San Gabriel would be very close to them. I don't think Pho Ga has any beef or pork broth in it. Here are some mini-reviews:


            1. I am a fan of Vietnam Kitchen in Arcadia on Baldwin near the strip mall with the Burlington Coat Factory, Pavillions and Au 79 Tea House. It is in the same strip mall as Moffets Pot Pie restaurant.

              They do a good job at making Pho that pleases both Eastern and Western palettes.

              The Pho Ga there uses a chicken broth with chicken breast meat and steamed chicken balls.

              On a side note, the rice dishes with the BBQ Pork and Beef are very good as well.

              1. what's with the rash of "vegetarians" who eat chicken and fish? i've heard this same claim from multiple people recently.

                anyway, golden deli doesn't have pho ga. vietnam house on the south east corner of the same intersection (and same owners) does, but it's not great.

                the best pho ga is at phở nguyễn hoàng. where they also have an extensive vegetarian menu, and vegetarian pho (but maybe veggie is only every other friday, not sure). 401 w valley, san gabriel. 626.281.0017. 8am - 9:45pm. cash only.