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Best Vietnamese restaurant in OC (specific dishes)

ilsorpasso Aug 8, 2012 02:11 AM

I'm looking for authentic Chao Tom (shrimp paste on sugarcane) and beef pho. Which Vietnamese restaurant in OC serves the best of these, preferably close to Irvine? Beef pho is a dime a dozen but I have yet to come across a restaurant with Chao Tom let alone authentic. Any suggestion? Thanks!

  1. scottca075 Nov 21, 2012 08:49 AM

    Start with Vien Dong, Brodard, Dat Thanh, Com Tam Thuan Kieu, Quan Vy Da and Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa for chao tom, and if you can't find what you want among them, I have another batch I can throw out there.

    1. Porthos Aug 9, 2012 04:17 PM

      Here is a very extensive Best of Little Saigon thread that is pretty much spot on:


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      1. re: Porthos
        banquisha Nov 20, 2012 11:04 PM

        Porthos- That is an awesome thread but, would you say that those recommendations still hold? I was looking for a thread JUST like that one but, a bit more up to date...

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        miteymike Aug 8, 2012 11:35 AM

        you probably aren't from around the area huh?

        i can't say which place exact, but i'm sure you'll find your goldmine in westminister, ca...

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        1. re: miteymike
          ilsorpasso Aug 8, 2012 03:38 PM

          Yes, I'm new to the area and haven't seen a Vietnamese place that serves Chao Tom. Do you have any recommendation in Westminister?

          1. re: ilsorpasso
            miteymike Aug 8, 2012 05:19 PM

            i can't say that i have any, but if vietnamese is what you want, you're going to get it over there. it's a common dish. little saigon (westminister) will be your area.

            1. re: ilsorpasso
              ns1 Aug 8, 2012 05:23 PM

              Let us first ask this question:

              What is "authentic" chao tom to you, and what is not?

              1. re: ns1
                ilsorpasso Aug 9, 2012 01:04 AM

                Like these here:


                1. re: ilsorpasso
                  raytamsgv Aug 9, 2012 09:36 AM

                  If you haven't already it figured out, Little Saigon in Westminster has the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. I'm not a big fan of that dish, but I'm sure you can find it in Little Saigon. Other chowhounders could give you better recs for that area than I can.

                  If you're adventurous, spend a day in Little Saigon. The Vietnamese food there is about as authentic as it gets. If you want anything more authentic, you'll need a passport and an entry visa to Vietnam.

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