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
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
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
|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.
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