Orange County Vietnamese Restaurant Guide

A guide to mostly good Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County, California.

Archive for December, 2008

Hanoi Restaurant – Westminster – (714) 901-8101

Posted by k on December 29, 2008

Hanoi Restaurant – Westminster – (714) 901-8101, 9082-9086 Bolsa Ave, 92683
Hanoi is the Northern capital city in Vietnam with a name like that you know they specialize in Northern cusine like Bun Cha Ha Noi (Boon Ja Ha Noy) which is cold vermicilli noodle, Vietnamese greens, and beef and pork where you mix it up yourself. There is also Cha Ca Thanh Long (Ja Ka Ton Long) which is the sizzling curry fish served with fresh fragrant dill herbs where you also mix yourself with vermicilli noodle, greens. Bun Oc (Boon Oak) here is also good which is snail vermicilli soup.

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Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 2 star - Motel 6, H, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Bun Cha Ha Noi, x - Bun Oc/Snail Noodle Soup, x - Bun Rieu, x - cha Ca Thanh Long/Sizzing Fish | Leave a Comment »

Pho Thang Long – Westminster – (714) 839-4955

Posted by k on December 29, 2008

Pho Thang Long – Westminster – (714) 839-4955, 9550 Bolsa Ave #115F, 92683
This Pho noodle restaurant opens until 3AM so late night party’ers can come here if they are craving a bowl of Pho. Usually Pho late at night is saltier than a fresh batch in the morning because the broth has been stewing for quite a while. Watch that sodium intake! My husband is fond of the Pho with the beef meatballs here, Pho Bo Vien (Fuh Ball Vean) that is Vietnamese style meatballs where they cut it in half and there’s a chewy texture due to the tendon meat they mix in with the beef. A lot of people like the Pho Tai (Fuh Tie) which is very slim sliced steak while I like Pho Nam Gan which is beef brisket and tendon meat. There are also other traditional Vietnamese meals served here but I’ve rarely tried them. Most of time, non-Pho dishes aren’t good at Pho places and they take a long time to make since people rarely order them.
This is one of the newer modern places where it doesn’t look like a roach motel.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, P, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Pho/Noodle Soup | Leave a Comment »

Hot Pot City – Westminster – (714) 531-5402

Posted by k on December 15, 2008

Hot Pot City – Westminster – (714) 531-5402, 15606 Brookhurst St, Suite F, 92683, Fax: (714) 531-5404, http://hotpotcity-tablebbq.com

This Vietnamese buffet is similar to Korean BBQ places where you grill your own food at your table. It also serves a popular Vietnamese family style soup called Lau where a big boiling soup is placed in the center and you cook the meat and seafood and each person takes a little with rice noodle in their small bowls. The nice thing about this buffet is you only pay for how much you eat, you go to the back fridge, take plates of raw meat or veggies to your table and they count how many empty plates you have left to total your bill. Good for those people who don’t eat a lot.

It’s located next to the Coffee Factory, Taco Bell, and Quan Hop restaurants.

Posted in $9 to $11 Upper Average, 3 star - Best Western, Buffet, H, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Lau | 1 Comment »

Huynh Restaurant – Westminster – (714) 531-7379

Posted by k on December 14, 2008

Huynh Restaurant – Westminster – (714) 531-7379 – 9500 Bolsa Ave # B,  92683

Another one of the new, modern Vietnamese restaurants that are popping up around Little Saigon. This one is surrounded by a bunch of new restaurants that hopefully will survive. Right on Bolsa Ave this little mom n’ pop restaurant is clean with good service and good food that is reasonably priced. They advertise their specialties as Bun Cha Ha Noi, Pho Ga, Cha Ca Thanh Long. I’ve only tried the Pho Ga and it’s ok, about on par as those other 50% off Pho Ga special places not as good as my favorite roach motel Pho 86. My husband is very fond of the Bun Oc (Boon Oak) here which is a noodle soup with snail meat. He says they serve more snail meat in the soup than most places. He also says the Com Phan Gia Dinh (Come Fun Ya Ding) is good here which is family style Vietnamese meals with a variety of soup, fish dish, meat dish, vegetable dish.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, H, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Bun Cha Ha Noi, x - Bun Oc/Snail Noodle Soup, x - cha Ca Thanh Long/Sizzing Fish, x - Com Gia Dinh/Family Style, x - Pho/Noodle Soup | Leave a Comment »

Todai – Westminster (714) 891-0081

Posted by k on December 8, 2008

Todai – Westminster (714)891-0081 – 2008A Westminster Mall, 92683

This is a seafood buffet that has an unlimited sushi bar and crab/shrimp/n’ various sea creatures that seafood lovers love. There’s also the typical Chinese non-seafood stuff like fried rice, orange chicken, miso soup for land animal eaters only like myself. There will be something for everyone but the biggest enjoyment will be for seafood/sushi lovers. They have an excellent dessert selection with made-to-order crepes.

Posted in 3 star - Best Western, Buffet, Japanese, Over $12+ Pricey, T, Westminster | Leave a Comment »

Quan Hop – Westminster – (714) 689-0555

Posted by k on December 8, 2008

Quan Hop – Westminster – (714) 689-0555 – 15640 Brookhurst St, 92683

This place is owned by a brother of the Quan Hy owner. The food is somehow not as tasty. It’s ok, but if I had a choice I’d go to the Quan Hy place which is usually packed during lunch time so this could be an alternative if you don’t want to wait. Nothing spectacular stands out but it serves the same Bun Thit Nuong (Boon Tick Noong) – Noodles with meat, mint, beansprouts, lettuce with fish sauce. A light and healthy meal. Interestingly, this place used to be Pho Noodle shop but the lore is that a Mexican cook somehow fell in a vat of Pho broth and died & the Pho shop was never the same since. They had to close down. I don’t know if it’s a true story or not.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, Q, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Bun thit/Noodle Meat Salad | Leave a Comment »

Quan Minh Ky – Westminster – (714) 839-8734

Posted by k on December 8, 2008

One of many new, modern Vietnamese restaurant built in the large complex next to the older Quan Hy complex. This place has one of the most affordable Shaking Beef meals. Bo Luc Lac (Baw Luke Luck) – Diced cubed beef with salad. They serve it with either garlic rice, fried rice, or plain rice. I like it with plain rice because their rice options are too oily. They also have an expensive version of it which I have not tried. The specialty here Mi Hoanh Thanh Minh Ky is the Wonton Noodle soup with egg noodles. Nothing spectacular but not bad if you like wonton n’ egg noodles. Try it with the large egg noodles. A nice little place that is clean and modern.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, Q, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Bo Luc Lac/Shaking Beef Salad, x - Mi/Egg Noodle Soup | Leave a Comment »

Hokkaido Buffet – (949) 851-5888

Posted by k on December 8, 2008

Hokkaido Buffet – (949) 851-5888 – 4200 Scott Drive, Newport Beach, 92660

This is a seafood buffet that has an unlimited sushi bar and crab/shrimp/n’ various sea creatures that seafood lovers love. There’s also the typical Chinese non-seafood stuff like fried rice, orange chicken, miso soup for land animal eaters only like myself. It’s comparable to Todai or Sumo – quasi-Japanese/Chinese buffets. There will be something for everyone but the biggest enjoyment will be for seafood/sushi lovers.

Posted in 3 star - Best Western, Buffet, H, Irvine, Japanese, Over $12+ Pricey | 2 Comments »