Orange County Vietnamese Restaurant Guide

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

Archive for the ‘$6 to $8 Lower Average’ Category

Le Croissant Dore – (714) 895-3070 – Westminster

Posted by k on October 29, 2010

Le Croissant Dore – (714) 895-3070 – Westminster – 9122 Bolsa Ave, 92683

This French Vietnamese bakery is known for its fruit topped flan cakes Ban Trai Cay (Bun Try Kay) which are often ordered for parties. Many tasty french style pastries but this place is also know for its Bo Kho with Banh Mi or Hu Tieu (Baw Hall with Bun Me or Who Tew) Beef stew with French Bread or Noodles. Bo Kho is a spicy & hearty beef stew with carrots, beef chunks, onion, tendon, and a bit of curry spice.

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Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 2 star - Motel 6, L, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Bo Kho/Beef Stew, x - French/Viet | Leave a Comment »

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 »

Cay Dua – (714) 839-7799 – Santa Ana

Posted by k on October 28, 2010

Cay Dua – (714) 839-7799 – Santa Ana – 3522 W First St, 92703 next to Favori Restaurant across from the Ace Hardware store. Corner of First and Jackson Streets. Hours as of Oct 2010 were: Mon – Wed 10am to 9pm, Fri – Sun 10am – 10pm.

A small restaurant known for the Cha ca thanh long (jaa ka tan long) which is sizzling fish with dill served with vermicilli noodles. Bun Mam Bac Lieu is also popular here. The specials are Ban si va le nem chua ba diem, lau mam, banh canh tom cua.

Banh Xeo (Bun sale) is good here as well. That is the savory crepe like pancake that you eat with mint and herbs.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 2 star - Motel 6, C, Santa Ana, Vietnamese, x - Ban Xeo/Crepe, x - cha Ca Thanh Long/Sizzing Fish | Leave a Comment »

O Udon – Fountain Valley – (714) 427-0482

Posted by k on October 21, 2010

O Udon – Fountain Valley – (714) 427-0482, 17870 Newhope St # 102, 92708 www.oudon.com

If you’re a fan of Japanese udon soup this is the place for you. You know udon noodles – the big chewy noodles. I like this place because you can put as many green onions (scallions), ginger, and crushed tempura on your soup as you like. This is pretty standard fastfood Japanese fare but I like the price and food. Located in the big Costco complex by Pet Smart and Big Lots.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, Fountain Valley, Japanese, O | 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 »

Hoang Yen – Westminster – 714-531-8833

Posted by k on April 12, 2009

Hoang Yen – Westminster – 714-531-8833, 9600 Bolsa Ave Ste N, 92683
Small, new restaurant located next to Luc Dinh Ky II. They serve a number of vietnamese dishes, but the Chao Ca is good here. 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.
The Bun Vit Sao Mang (Boon Veet Sow Mung) is good here too. That’s rice noodle soup with Duck and Bamboo Shoots.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, H, Westminster, x - Bun Vit Sao Mang/Noodle Duck Bamboo Soup, x - Chao | Leave a Comment »

Thang Long Restaurant – Westminster – (714) 531-9400

Posted by k on January 28, 2009

Thang Long Restaurant – Westminster – (714) 531-9400, 9550 Bolsa Ave #115A, 92683 Mon-Sun 9am-3am.

This took the place of the fancy Saigon Restaurant which didn’t do very well. Bright green walls and modern white chairs, no real specialties here but the Com Ca Salmon – Salmon and Rice dish is grilled and tasty. Small portions, not very crowded but spacious.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, T, Vietnamese, Westminster, x - Ca Salmon/Salmon & Rice | 9 Comments »

Grand Com ga Hai Nam – Garden Grove – (714) 638-1310

Posted by k on January 10, 2009

Grand Com ga Hai Nam – Garden Grove – (714) 638-1310, 9904 Westminster Ave, 92844

Located in the Mall of Fortune complex close to the Hong An and Binh Minh restaurants. This place specializes in Com Ga Hai Nam (Come Gaah High Nam) which is chopped pieces of cold chicken still on the bone served with Vietnamese salad/herbs and ginger fish dipping sauce. Not my favorite because the chicken is tasteless and cold for my Americanized palatte, but the Com Ga Xe Phai (Come Gaah Sair Five) is quite good which is shredded chicken with herbs tossed in a tangy sweet vinger sauce and chicken broth cooked rice. I tried the Pho Ga Kho (Fahh Gaah Ho) which is dry Pho Ga but it was tasteless and I wouldn’t recommend it. Go for the regular Pho Ga soup not the dry version if you want to try the soup here.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, Garden Grove, Vietnamese, x - Com Ga/Chicken Rice | 3 Comments »