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lapchern Jun 16, 2007 12:14 PM

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

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  1. WildSwede Jun 18, 2007 07:47 AM

    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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      Ernie Jun 18, 2007 08:48 AM

      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.

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        eatdrinknbmerry Jun 18, 2007 09:39 AM

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

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          WildSwede Jun 18, 2007 11:31 AM

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

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            eatdrinknbmerry Jun 18, 2007 12:12 PM

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

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            WildSwede Jun 18, 2007 11:31 AM

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

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              Dommy Jun 27, 2007 04:10 PM

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

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              --Dommy!

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                WildSwede Jun 28, 2007 03:56 PM

                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.

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                  eatdrinknbmerry Jun 28, 2007 04:04 PM

                  oh yes, nice photo dommy. stomach rumbled.

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                    Dommy Jun 28, 2007 04:18 PM

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

                    --Dommy!

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                karynx78 Jun 27, 2007 09:30 PM

                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. aching Jun 18, 2007 10:10 AM

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

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                kingkong5 Jun 18, 2007 11:15 AM

                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.

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                  aching Jun 19, 2007 01:43 PM

                  Wow, great description! Thanks.

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                lapchern Jun 18, 2007 07:11 PM

                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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                  cfylong Jun 28, 2007 09:36 AM

                  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!

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