Orange County Vietnamese Restaurant Guide

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

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Ban Mai – (714) 894-8432 – Westminster

Posted by k on October 28, 2010

Ban Mai – (714) 894-8432 – Westminster, 8890 Bolsa Ave, 92683
located in the ABC Supermarket complex near Bank of America.
A smelly, hole in the wall, probably rat infested place but known for the noodle soups.
Known for bun (boon) soups, in particular the bun thap cam (boon tup come) which is seafood noodle soup. The bun thit nuong (boon tick none) – cold vermicilli noodles with grilled pork isn’t too bad here either. The meat is a little on the fatty side but that is what makes it tasty.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, B, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Bun Oc/Snail Noodle Soup, x - Bun Rieu, x - Bun thit/Noodle Meat Salad | Leave a Comment »

Mirada Restaurant – Fountain Valley – (714) 842-7892

Posted by k on October 21, 2010

Mirada Restaurant – Fountain Valley – (714) 842-7892 – 9102 Edinger Ave, 92708 between Bushard and Magnolia. Hours as of 10/2010 were: Mon-Thurs 11am – 9pm, Fri-Sun: 11am-9:30pm, Closed on Tuesday

This is a family favorite restaurant. Run down and dirty as most Vietnamese restaurants are, but the food is good for  the big family style meals featuring fish. Pricier than typical Vietnamese restaurants but the fish is fresh. Ca Kho To (Ka Hall Toe) – Fish in a sweet caramel sauce. Com Gia Dinh (Gum Ya Din) Family style meals – usually with Rau Muong (Rao Moon)- spinach-like salad, ca hap (Ka Hup) – fish crispy and in a caramel sauce, also Ca Bap Choi soup (Ka Bup Chew) – fish soup.

Posted in $9 to $11 Upper Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, Fountain Valley, M, Vietnamese, x - Com Gia Dinh/Family Style | Leave a Comment »

Kang Lac Bakery – Westminster – 714-894-6122

Posted by k on October 21, 2010

Kang Lac Bakery –  Westminster – 714-894-6122, 9301 Bolsa Ave, 92683

A small bakery specializing in Chao.  Chao Ca (CHOW KA) is a rice congee soup with fish Ca, or chicken Ga (Gaahh) that is normally served when one is sick like the American Chicken Noodle Soup, it is a comfort food that is good for those who have problems chewing.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, K, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Chao | Leave a Comment »

Trieu Chau Restaurant – (714) 537-2433 – Garden Grove

Posted by k on May 3, 2010

New Trieu Chau Restaurant – (714) 537-2433 – Garden Grove – 9902 Westminster Ave, 92844

open 7 days a week, dungy little place that is good for the Chinese style egg noodle soup Mi (Me) and Hu Tieu (Who Deal) – pork broth rice noodle soup popular with seafood like scallop, shrimp, pork, crab meat.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, Garden Grove, T, Vietnamese, x - Hu Tieu/Noodle Soup, x - Mi/Egg Noodle Soup | Leave a Comment »

Pho Tau Bay LTT – Santa Ana – 714-531-6634

Posted by k on June 7, 2009

Pho Tau Bay LTT – Santa Ana – 714-531-6634

3610W. First St, Suite C, 92703, closed Mondays, Open Tues-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun & Holidays: 8am – 4pm.

This place used to be famous for it’s hand made banh cuon (bun koon) but with my latest visit, the portions were sparse. The Pho here is not my favorite, I would go here for the banh cuon instead, although I like the Banh Cuon Tay Ho portions better.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, P, Santa Ana, Vietnamese, x - Banh Cuon/Rice rolls, x - Pho/Noodle Soup | Leave a Comment »

Quan Bun Ban Mai – (714) 891-5397

Posted by k on November 5, 2008

Quan Bun Ban Mai – (714) 891-5397 or (714) 891-5367 – Westminster, 92683, Tues-Sun 8AM – 8PM

Can Bun Dac Biet (Khan Boon Dak Beak) – Famous for noodle soup, not the Pho Noodle kind but a seafood with vermicilli rice kind. Horribly stinky place located in the most littered strip mall/grocery complex of Little Saigon known as ABC Market and Bank of America. I’m not a seafood lover but my husband assures me this is the best Can Bun Dac Biet place. I normally order the bland Bun Thang (Boon Tan – Tan as in Tanya with out the ya on the end) which is shredded cha lua (vietnamese style sausage) and egg strips.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, B, Vietnamese, Westminster | Leave a Comment »

Banh Cuon Tay Ho 4 – Westminster – 714-839-1389

Posted by k on March 31, 2008

Banh Cuon Tay Ho 4 – Westminster – 714-839-1389

9629 Bolsa Ave, 92683

One of the best places for banh cuon, thin rice sheets served with parboiled beansprouts and cha lua (pork ham) and fish sauce. You can get the rice sheets alone, banh uot, or with shredded pork mushroom filling, banh cuon nhan thit which is my favorite. Also served with fried yam/shrimp tempura.

This place is quite the roach motel, a strong smell of fish sauce and your feet stick to the ground.

Posted in $1 to $5 Cheap eats, 1 star - Roach Motel, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Banh Cuon/Rice rolls | Tagged: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Newport Seafood Restaurant – Tan Cang – Santa Ana (714) 531-5146

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Newport Seafood Restaurant – Tan Cang – Santa Ana (714) 531-5146 or (714) 531-1009 – 4411 W. First St, 92703

Tom Hum (Toam Hoom) – Lobster in a savory sauce. There are a number of Chinese-Vietnamese restaurants serving large family style banquet meals with a majority of the specialty in seafood dishes

Posted in $9 to $11 Upper Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, N, Santa Ana, T, x - Com Gia Dinh/Family Style, x - Tom Hum/Lobster | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Van Restaurant – Garden Grove (714) 530-6858

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Van Restaurant – Nha Hang Van – Garden Grove (714) 530-6858 or 530-4551  – 14122 Brookhurst St, 92843

Banh Xeo Dac Biet (Bun Sail Dock Beak) – A crispy thin crepe filled with shrimp, pork, beansprouts, and sometimes bean paste. Served with lettuce and herbs and nuoc mam (nook mum). This place specializes in savory pastries filled with meat: banh tet, banh gio, banh chung, banh it, banh gai.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, Garden Grove, V, x - Ban Xeo/Crepe | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Quan Thanh – Santa Ana – (714) 775-4838

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Quan Thanh (714) 775-4838 – www.thanhrestaurant.com  120 S. Harbor Blvd, ste H, 92707

Food is always good at any of the 3 Thanh restaurants, but this one is the worst in cleanliness and a turn off.

Com Tam (Gum Tum) – translates to broken rice. A filling meal of rice with delicious grilled meat or seafood, served with pickled vegetables, sometimes with egg-foo-young patty or a fried egg. Drizzle the fish sauce all over and you’ve got a pretty tasty rice dish.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 1 star - Roach Motel, Q, Santa Ana, x - Com Tam/Broken Rice | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »