54. Shellfish (Ốc) from Hien Vuong

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One of the best things about summer in Orange County is the night market at the Asian Garden Mall. Strings of lightbulbs are put up, and the warm air sizzles with the scent of grilling pork, simmering soup, and bubbling seafood. But it isn't all outside; the food court inside gets into the spirit of things as well, and Hien Vuong Da Kao, the first booth as you walk into the mall from the front, has a huge selection of small-shell seafood.

Ốc are technically snails, but the term is loose enough to include razor clams (ốc móng tay) and sea snails or periwinkles (ốc biển). On display at Hien Vuong Da Kao inside the mall is a huge selection of shelled seafood. Some are poached in basil oil; some are simmered in coconut curry; some have ginger and garlic. Whatever it is, it's not terribly expensive to try it, you can order by pointing if the language barrier is too great to talk, and before long, you'll find yourself slurping and sucking your way through the dish with a mountain of razor shells, pen shells, spiral shells and round shells piling up next to you.

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The List:

55. Basic Bol from Boldo Bol
56. Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill
57. 10-Item Plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill
58. Leche Frita at Cafe Sevilla
59. Happy Hour Sushi at Ginzaya
60. Red Beans and Rice at Disneyland's French Market
61. Consommé from Tacos y Birria El Güero
62. Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich at Little Sparrow
63. Breakfast Taco at Sapphire Laguna
64. Husky Burger at Husky Boy Burgers
65. Love Bagel from Koffee Klatch
66. Kouign Amann From The Crema Cafe & Bakery
67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill
68. PB & J At Hopscotch
69. Takuwan Sushi from AnQi by Crustacean
70. Ube Ensaymadas from The Ensaymada Project
71. Pork Bánh Mì at the OC Poultry and Rotisserie Market
72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales
73. Dutch Baby at the Original Pancake House
74. Doughnuts from Sidecar
75. Lengua Tacos at La Chonita
76. Oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm at the Orange Homegrown Farmers Market
77. Lemon Miso Crab Melt at Umami Burger in Laguna Beach
78. Pani Puri from Adya
79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger
80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place
81. Slice of Heaven at Pie-Not
82. Taquitos at El Toro Bravo
83. Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery
84. Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle
85. Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café
86. Smoked Trout at Provenance
87. Small Plates at A&J Restaurant
88. Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro
89. Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong
90. Poke at Costco Tustin II
91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos
92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House
93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas
94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe
95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's
96. Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express
97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch
98. Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald
99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels
100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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Location Info

PHO HIEN VUONG DAKAO

9200 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA

Category: Restaurant


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20ftjesus
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Seafood and shellfish from a food court, eh? 

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