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Jun 16, 2007 12:14 PM

Best vietnamese curry?

any recs? preferably in pasadena/alhambra sgv-ish area

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  1. Okay, this is going to be vague, but I know that someone here will chime in with the name. It is on Valley, almost to the entrance/end of the 710 freeway in Alhambra. On the north side of the street... a stand alone restaurant, more up-scale looking than your usual Viet. restaurant. I went there on recs from this board and recs for the curry were dead on! Anyone?

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Lee Kam Kee? I like that place a lot, more serene than typical pho houses, and good clean flavors with nice Chinese-Vietnamese touches. They have a warm fruit tea there that is fantastic.

      1. re: Ernie

        Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa on Valley/Marengo? i think they serve vietnamese curry (bo kho) in addition to bun bo hue and pho.

        1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

          I have never been, but will have to add it to my list. Thanks!

          1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

            sorry i was mistakened - meant ca ri, not bo kho.

          2. re: Ernie

            Yes! Lee Kam Kee - that's it! Thanks!

            1. re: WildSwede

              The curry was the best thing I had at Lee Kam Kee! Really wonderfully flavored and the chicken very tender! :D Here is pic!



              1. re: Dommy

                I saw your post - it is delicious!! Also, I prefer the Pho Tai (but I never eat the meat, it grosses me out! However, the meat is needed to flavor the broth to that deep, meaty flavor). Pho Ga has a much cleaner, pure flavor to me. My favoritie Pho is Pho 79 in Alhambra on Garfield just south of Main.

                1. re: WildSwede

                  oh yes, nice photo dommy. stomach rumbled.

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    Yup! The Pho Ga at that 79 is my fave too! :D


              2. re: Ernie

                That is very odd to think that Lee Kam Kee serves Vietnamese Curry. I've always remembered Lee Kum Kee to serve Chiu Chau styled noodles.. which is mainly noodle soups with a variety of meats and seafood. I will have to give that a try. When I get a craving for Viet style curry I go to Saigon flavor on Valley and Del Mar. I believe that's one of the best Viet restaurants in SGV.

            2. What distinguishes Vietnamese curries from other curries? I've never had it!

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              1. re: aching

                Vietnamese curry is a very interesting dish. I find that it is most similar to Thai yellow curry, in that the curry spices are infused into a broth-like consistency with the addition of coconut cream and chicken broth. Unlike the Thai chicken curry, the vietnamese kind is usually made with dark meat, like drumsticks and thighs, which I prefer.

                IMHO, the indian curries tend to accentuate the ingredients like peas and potatoes, and the curry acts as a condiment. I usually find the indian curry to be thick, so as it can be eaten with the naan bread. In Japan, the curry is more like a reduced sauce, and the thick curry is eaten on top of rice. Vietnamese curry is usually thinner than the japanese, not as thick as indian. It is a flexible dish, in that it can be eaten with rice, bun (rice vermicelli noodles), "pho" noodles, and my favorite, with some warm crusty french bread to dip into the soup.

                Vietnamese curry can be spicy! I grew up on my mom's chicken curry, which had lots of coconut cream, spice, potatoes and chicken. Being spoiled on the homemade stuff, I rarely order it when we go out because I don't like being disappointed.

                But if you go into a Vietnamese restaurant and see it on the menu (usually spelled Ca Ri Ga, "ca ri" being the vietnamization of the word curry and "ga" meaning chicken), why not give it a try? It's a lot like pizza in that its hard to mess up, so even if it's bad, it's not that bad. Get it with some french bread to dip into the soup, and have a good time.

              2. i have tried lee kam kee and it is probably the best one i've tried so far. chau's kitchen isn't bad either... their curry is good but they dont have real good quality chicken (and they dont add any veggies or anything else in it)

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                1. re: lapchern

                  First time I tried Vietnamese curry was at Golden Deli and it was delicious--probably my favorite curry now, with french bread. Slobbering thinking about it!