Ten Great Vietnamese Soups to Eat in Little Saigon

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Gustavo Arellano

Everyone from Valencia to Vista knows that Little Saigon is the place to go for pho... but if you stay with the tried-and-true (and cheap) beef noodle soup, you are merely scratching the surface of a subset of Vietnamese food. Try these ten dishes, listed in alphabetical order: they'll really float your boat. 


1. Bún Bò Huế at Ngu Binh

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Flickr user avlxyz
You have to be willing to get down and dirty with your animal parts to eat bún bò Huế. First of all, it's spicy; second, there are unapologetic cubes of simmered pork blood strewn through the thick foliage of accoutrements, and if you leave them in your bowl, you'll lose any respect they might have had foryou.

2. Bún Măng Vịt at Pho Thanh Lich

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Dave Lieberman
On the weekends, while everyone else is lapping up $3 phở, splurge and order duck and bamboo shoot soup. The broth is intense, the bamboo shoots are cut thick enough to stay crunchy in the soup, and the portion of duck they bring is generous. Envious people will ask you what you're eating.

3. Bún Riêu Cua Tôm Ốc at Quan Vy Da

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Edwin Goei
This is from Kim Huong, but you get the idea...
Bún riêu is a tomato and ground meat soup, and it's common in most soup shops, but the bún riêu with crab meat, shrimp, and sea snails at Quan Vy Da is outstanding even in a crowded field.


Location Info

Ngu Binh Restaurant

14072 Magnolia St., Westminster, CA

Category: Restaurant

Pho Thanh Lich

13135 Brookhurst St., Garden Grove, CA

Category: Restaurant

Quan Vy Da

9950 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA

Category: Restaurant

Kang Lac Bakery

9301 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA

Category: Restaurant

Trieu Chau

4401 W. First St., Santa Ana, CA

Category: Restaurant

Quan Hy Restaurant

9727 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA

Category: Restaurant

Phat Ky Mi Gia Restaurant

14140 Brookhurst St., Garden Grove, CA

Category: Restaurant

Pho 86 Restaurant

14576 Brookhurst St., Westminster, CA

Category: Restaurant

Pho Quang Trung

10072 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, CA

Category: Restaurant

King Harbor Seafood Restaurant

13018 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA

Category: Restaurant

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7 comments
VietKieu
VietKieu

Dave, you hit it 10 out of 10 out of the ball park!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Some of these are also great hangover aids  :)

Minhpd AnNam Mít
Minhpd AnNam Mít

it is cháo, not chào , huge difference. Gustavo, have some Viets look after the edits (;

CharlesLam
CharlesLam

If there's any mi chang I would trust on Vietnamese food, it is definitely Dave Lieberman.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@Minhpd AnNam Mít That's true..."cháo" means porridge, and "chào" means "I disrespect your mother's porridge"

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