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ronsilverado Feb 9, 2013 05:10 PM

I'm looking for an alternative to Golden Deli, which I've enjoyed, but I'd like to try someplace different. Not looking for any items in particular, just a solid place with a broad menu like GD.

  1. ipsedixit Feb 9, 2013 06:56 PM

    Newport Seafood.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      josephnl Feb 9, 2013 10:13 PM

      I thought that Newport Seafood was more of a Chinese seafood restaurant with perhaps some influence from southeast Asia. Do they have a Vietnamese menu?

      For great Vietnamese food, it's tough to beat Little Saigon.

      1. re: josephnl
        blimpbinge Feb 10, 2013 12:22 AM

        They are Chinese-Vietnamese, like many places in socal. Their ancestry is Chinese but they passed through vietnam, cambodia, etc, carrying along Chinese culture, language, and cooking techniques, while picking up things from other cultures on their journey here. They are still very chinese in thought though.

        Also, many vietnamese places in oc are run by chinese vietnamese.

        1. re: josephnl
          catbert Feb 10, 2013 04:05 PM

          like blimpbinge said, chinese-vietnamese roots. the menu is in like 4 languages, 1 of which is vietnamese. there's also things like bo luc lac.

          personally, i was at newport the other week and it was just so awful to my family. we can't stomach them anymore. of course, we weren't eating crab or lobster so you can make your own judgement call. place still smells great from the outside though (yummy garlic)

          1. re: catbert
            blimpbinge Feb 10, 2013 04:09 PM

            if you want something similar but low key with no frills service and cheaper overall, i'd recommend kim tar on garvey

            bo luc lac, and house special pork chops or frog legs are pretty good

          2. re: josephnl
            revets2 Feb 14, 2013 01:35 PM

            The owners of Newport Seafood SGV are Cambodian Chinese (Chinese descent from Cambodia). There are some SE Asian dishes sprinkled through the menu. There was this lime inflected spicy soup I'd never had there before. Amazing. So nice to find something new at a restaurant you've been eating at consistently.

            Unlike an above poster, our meals in SGV have been nothing short of terrific.

        2. blimpbinge Feb 10, 2013 12:28 AM

          Ron, are you looking for something specific?

          Places like golden deli are nice, but they're jack of all trades, king of none. Generally, vietnamese places are good making either rice dishes, or noodle/soupy dishes. It's difficult to find one that gets high marks for both because there's always another place that can put their rice/noodles to shame just a few blocks away.

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          1. re: blimpbinge
            TonyC Feb 11, 2013 10:29 AM

            Thanks for calling out GD for what it is, a cheapened Newport Seafood without the seafood.

            Thien An specializes in bo bay mon and baked catfish and is mostly forgotten by Westside print, but the huge restaurant is typically packed.

            I also really like M Delivery, which does a really peasanty/low-end "com trua" style set lunches. It's home style cooking, and offers what Vietnamese workers would typically eat during lunch off the streets. Again, totally off the radar and a great alternative to the shit pho so commonly served along Valley Blvd.

            1. re: blimpbinge
              Ernie Feb 11, 2013 10:43 AM

              Golden Deli has the best chả giò I have ever had. I am curious if either of you have a better recommendation for that.

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              Xan7hos Feb 10, 2013 04:12 AM

              Vietnam House in San Gabriel for their Seven Course Beef and their whole fried/broiled cat fish, they're part of the same family that owns Golden Deli so their egg rolls and shrimp paste rolls are the same and arguably the best. Their menu is virtually,the same.

              Newport Seafood is a fusion of Vietnamese and Cantonese food. Go for the lobster and my favorite iteration of Kung pao chicken. Highly recommend getting some friends and ordering the lunch special, one of the best values in San Gabriel. Their beef loc lac (filet mignon cubes in a sweet spicy soy glaze) is also delicious.

              In Rosemead, Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa has some great eats, very different than your more standard vietnamese offerings. Stand outs include Banh beo which is like a steamed rice cake you eat with crispy savory condiments.

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              1. re: Xan7hos
                raytamsgv Feb 11, 2013 11:11 AM

                If you have a general knowledge of Vietnamese food, why not try for some specializations?

                Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa in Rosemead is a great choice, but it's a bit different from GD. They specialize in Central Vietnamese food. They don't serve pho or banh mi. I hear their bun bo hue is really good (Hue is a city in Central Vietnam). Of course, order some dishes with nem nuong ( similar to pork sausage without a casing).

                Thien Tam is a small vegetarian restaurant in South El Monte. Unlike many places, the food there is Vietnamese, not Chinese-Vietnamese.

                1. re: raytamsgv
                  WildSwede Jun 11, 2013 05:44 PM

                  I love NNNH. It is nice to have completely different options from the Pho side of things (even though I LOVE Pho)!

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                condementia Feb 11, 2013 10:01 AM

                Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa has some great items. My favorites are #7 banh beo chen tom chay (you get 9 small bowls of steamed rice cakes topped with dried shrimp), #8 nem nuong cuon voi cha ram tom (fresh spring roll with charbroiled pork, crispy shrimp roll and veggies) and their iced coffee (you are given a glass with the condensed milk at the bottom and the coffee dispenser on top, a glass with ice and a small thermos of water in case you need to dilute it -- this does take a while to drip but it's worth it). Service is great as well.

                Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa (CASH ONLY)
                1700 W Valley Blvd, Ste C
                Alhambra, CA 91803
                (626) 943-7645

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                1. re: condementia
                  ronsilverado Feb 11, 2013 11:24 AM

                  What do you all think of New Nuong Ninh Hoa vs. Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa? Are the menus similar?

                  1. re: ronsilverado
                    blimpbinge Feb 11, 2013 11:43 AM

                    menus are similar

                    1. re: ronsilverado
                      condementia Feb 11, 2013 02:24 PM

                      Haven't tried Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa but the pictures on Yelp are making me want to try them out.

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