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Pho Minh - so sad!

Somehow I missed until now that Pho Minh changed ownership and, apparently, recipes.

http://exilekiss.blogspot.com/2008/07...

We visited just once during they heyday, and it was actually not the pho but the com tam that blew us away.

So, my question is, where can one get com tam comparable in quality to the old Pho Minh in San Gabriel Valley?

Mr Taster

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Pho Minh
9646 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

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  1. Well, when you name your restaurant after the dish, it better be pretty good.

    Try Com Tam Thuan Kieu on Valley, right by Hawaii Supermarket.

    I should add that if you go, avoid the pho. Very bad.

    Broken rice - good. Pho -bad.

    I like their broken rice with steamed egg.

    Cash only.

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    Com Tam Thuan Kieu
    120 E Valley Blvd Ste I, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I have gazed into the large glass windows of Com Tam Thuan Kieu many times... I will check them out.

      Mr Taster

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      Com Tam Thuan Kieu
      120 E Valley Blvd Ste I, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I love Broken Rice, so I have to try this place.

        I usually tell people to stick to the "Dac Biet" or specials. If a place specializes in Pho, that is what I usually order. More often than not, the dish that isn't the specialty isn't as good. In fact, if the name of the dish is in the name of the restaurant, that is what I order ;) If I go to Bun Bo Hue #1, I"m ordering Bun Bo Hue.

        I like to get Broken Rice at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa because they have a good pork chop and their Nem Nuong is amazing.

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        Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
        1700 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

        1. re: bsquared2

          NNKH is pretty good, but I think Com Tam Trung Qui Cap in Santa Ana is better. It's something about their tau hu ky (fried shrimp cake) that's truly special.

          1. re: ns1

            CTTQC does have an amazing pork chop. I also like the fact that I can get Vietnamese Sausage there. But what's up with the world's worst dessert? I eat all kinds of crazy Che, but CTTQC's dessert is almost like a punch line to a joke I did not understand. Everything else is very good and their portions are HUGE.

            1. re: bsquared2

              Try Dat Thanh, then, just down the street (toward Brookhurst) from CTTQC. Their dau hu ky isn't quite as sublime as Tran Quy Cap's but everything else is excellent.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          Went last night-- great suggestion. The com tam with bbq pork, pork chops, and bbq beef were all excellent, as was the steamed egg. Thumbs up all around.

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster

            Please tell me you have leftovers. Otherwise, I will have new found respect for your proclivity for ingesting broken rice and beef in one sitting.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              The servings at most broken rice places are insane. On a Turkey Platter. You would never get that much food in Vietnam. At CTTK I heard they have an 8 item broken rice plate. The problem is that I love ALL those ingredients and have a tough time choosing.

              1. re: bsquared2

                They actually have a 7 and 10 item plate available. The 10 item broken rice plate is around 10 dollars I believe.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Let's just say that my wife and I both had broken rice for breakfast this morning.

                Mr Taster

            2. re: ipsedixit

              interesting. my family always orders the pho tai fillet...

            3. oh noes, this is terrible news :(

              anyone that can point me in the direction of an equally awesome #1 please tell me (pho bac)

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              1. re: ns1

                Has anyone actually gone there or confirmed this? The link you posted refers to a change of ownership in 2008(!) This is important.... Anyone know where the chef/owner is?

                (If they haven't changed control, a rumor like this is completely deadly to the survival of the restaurant -- even if corrected, it will show up on Google searches and so forth.

                1. re: Tulkinghorn

                  Exilekiss is a long time, well respected member of the Chowhound community. If you read his posts here (or his blog), you'll find out that he visits the same restaurant four, five, even six times before posting his review. He is not one taken to posting spurious information.

                  Mr Taster

                      1. re: ns1

                        No, "he" is the proper pronoun to address exilekiss.

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      But, But.... The post is from 2008!!!!!! Exilekiss could be Richard Olney for all I care, but if Pho Minh hasn't changed ownership since 2008, then I'll be glad to go back and get Eric's pho for a long time to come........

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                      Pho Minh
                      9646 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

                2. I'm not sure if somebody different owned the restaurant in 2008, but Eric Lam, the young noodle guy who inspired the cult, is very much still there (or at least was this summer), and the pho is still mindblowingly good - the austere northern style pho bac is my candidate for the best pho in Los Angeles. Just get in your car and go.

                  As far as the com tam? It's still on the menu, but I've never seen anybody order it.

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                  1. re: condiment

                    Thanks for this!! I thought I was going crazy... I know we have gone several times in the last year and half (We are Johnny come latelys with Pho because we never knew it cold be that great) and has always been excellent and complex pho and eric was there at least one time...