#60. Eggs, Charcuterie and Bread at Uyen Thy Bistro

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Dave Lieberman

We're nearly halfway through our list of 100 great dishes to eat in Orange County and its environs. See the previous choices at the end of the post.

First of all, you have to be able to pronounce this cute little bistro on the northeast corner of Bolsa and Magnolia: it's approximately "win tee". While they're famous for their family-style dinners involving grilled chicken and red coconut rice cooked inside hollow bamboo tubing, the real time to go is in the morning. You'll be there with a bunch of gossiping old men sitting outside and arguing over the day's Nguoi Viet or Viet Bao; if you sit inside, it's like a partly dismantled movie set of a café in Paris. Order a cup of ca phe sua nong (that's coffee with condensed milk, served hot) and a plate of mixed charcuterie with two eggs sunny-side up. This last part is very important, because you'll be served a crackly, just-baked French roll, enriched with a measure of rice flour to lighten the dough, which will scream to be dipped into the molten yolks of the eggs. Add some excellent house-made white ham, a dollop of garlicky pâté and perhaps a little bit of pork roll, and you'll be energized enough to work through lunch... maybe.

Uyen Thy Bistro, 9039 Bolsa Av., Westminster; (714) 898-9889; no website.

Previous entries:

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#99. Nem Nuong Cuon at Brodard
#98. Pork Chop Anything at Nice Time Deli
#97. Flying Saucer at Alberto's
#96. Frozen Custard at Marc Burger's in Macy's Signature Kitchen
#95. Collard Greens at Johnny Reb's
#94. Strawberry Shortcake from Job's Daughters
#93. Cuban Sandwich at DeSimone's Deli
#92. Lamb with Preserved Cabbage at Mas Islamic Chinese
#91. Baked Rice at Luc Dinh Ky
#90. Beans on Toast at The Olde Ship
#89. Midnight Al Pastor Burrito or Taco at Taqueria Tapatia
#88. Budino di Cioccolato, Pizzeria Ortica
#87. Beef Teriyaki Bowl, Teriyami
#86. Salmon Onigiri at Cream Pan
#85. Beef Fat Fries at SideDoor
#84. Silken Tofu & Thousand Year Old Egg at Asian Tapas
#83. Cambodian Beef Jerky at Sophy's
#82. Com Tam at Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
#81. Chipotle-Piloncillo Goat Cheese at SOL Cocina
#80. Nem Nuong Cuon at Au Lac Restaurant
#79. Blackened Mushroom & Tofu Burger at Taco Loco
#78. Fried Veggie Fish Fillet at Dong Phuong Tofu
#77. Tofu Vegetable Salad at BCD Tofu House
#76. Che Ba Mau at Thach Che Hien Khanh
#75. Barracuda Sushi at Ohshima
#74. Whole Lamb with Kabsa at Olive Tree
#73. 5 a.m. Chitterlings at Tri-Village
#72. Spinach Empanadas at El Gaucho #2
#71. Croissants at Molinos Bakery
#70. Beso de Monja at El Rincón del Sabor
#69. Fatteh at Kareem's
#68. Korean Beef Rib Sandwich at Kaffa
#67. Rice Flour Pupusas at Pupusería San Sivar
#66. The Hash Browns at Pop's Cafe
#65. Seven Courses of Beef at Thien An
#64. Baby Back Ribs at Blake's Place
#63. Fish and Chips at The Chippy
#62. Roasted Beef Marrow Bones at Brasserie Pascal
#61. The Lunch Buffet at Tandoor Cuisine of India

Location Info

Uyen Thy Bistro

9039 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA

Category: Restaurant


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