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Pho Minh in Cupertino, good 1st impression

anyhow Feb 22, 2009 12:22 PM

I didn't see that dezzersf had listed Pho Minh earlier in a thread of Cupertino recs. One of my co-workers had raved convincingly so I went last night.

I ordered Pho Tai Gau (round steak and brisket) which is my benchmark bowl -- great! Flavorful broth, noodles al dente, enough meat and onions. Garnish plate had lemon, bean sprouts, basil and cilantro, but not jalapeños.

In the menu cover photo, you can see a small dish of chile paste. I didn't think to ask if it is house-made (and the restaurant is next door to Marina Foods) ... it was so good that I ate it as if it were a side dish. Ouch and Yummy at once. I think of it as "endorphin power sauce."

Each table had a bottle of this paste, and Sriracha, hoisin, vinegar, and more. This is fancier than linoleum and formica surroundings. I found it attractive while very functional. The crowds flowed in and out because service was attentive and fast.

I will return soon and explore beyond pho to try hu tieu and more.

Please share your reviews and suggestions.

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Pho Minh
10118 Bandley Dr, Cupertino, CA

  1. DezzerSF Feb 22, 2009 01:42 PM

    Yes, I like Pho Minh in the area, good Southern style broth and tender meats. Some complain about the MSG content however. The Hu Tieu pork slices are particularly tender. Pho Ga isn't that great though, all white meat chicken and not much of it.

    Their garnishes are always fresh, and I've always had jalapenos in mine. I'll have to try that chili paste.

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