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Pho Minh - so sad!

Mr Taster Sep 29, 2010 02:48 PM

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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    condiment Oct 2, 2010 04:13 PM

    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
      Dommy Oct 3, 2010 11:22 PM

      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...

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      ns1 Sep 29, 2010 03:22 PM

      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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        Tulkinghorn Oct 1, 2010 05:50 PM

        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
          Mr Taster Oct 1, 2010 06:19 PM

          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: Mr Taster
            Tripeler Oct 1, 2010 08:10 PM

            He is a she, by the way.

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              ns1 Oct 1, 2010 11:53 PM

              that explains so much.

              1. re: ns1
                ipsedixit Oct 2, 2010 11:14 AM

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

            2. re: Mr Taster
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              Tulkinghorn Oct 2, 2010 09:35 AM

              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. ipsedixit Sep 29, 2010 03:18 PM

          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
            Mr Taster Sep 29, 2010 04:38 PM

            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
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              bsquared2 Sep 30, 2010 07:33 AM

              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

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                ns1 Sep 30, 2010 08:21 AM

                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.

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                  bsquared2 Oct 1, 2010 09:37 PM

                  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
                    Das Ubergeek Oct 3, 2010 07:32 PM

                    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
                Mr Taster Oct 3, 2010 04:43 PM

                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
                  ipsedixit Oct 3, 2010 07:08 PM

                  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.

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                    bsquared2 Oct 3, 2010 07:11 PM

                    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.

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                      taiwanesesmalleats Oct 4, 2010 09:06 AM

                      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
                      Mr Taster Oct 3, 2010 11:26 PM

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

                      Mr Taster

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                    catbert Oct 8, 2010 11:10 PM

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

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