Orange County Vietnamese Restaurant Guide

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

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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.

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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 »

California Shabu Shabu – (714) 963-8844 – Fountain Valley

Posted by k on May 3, 2010

California Shabu Shabu – (714) 963-8844 – Fountain Valley – 18908 Brookhurst St, 92708 – www.calshabu.com

A crowded place where you go and have a hot pot type meal and cook your raw meat and veggies in the hot pot in front of you. Food was pricey and a little tasteless since everything was basically boiled but you feel virtuous in not eating any fried or greasy. The service wasn’t that great here. You wait for a LONG time and I didn’t find the young waiters very friendly. They were very busy and we had to repeatedly ask for things that should have been standard. I would not come here again due to the long wait and poor service I encountered on my last visit in 2010.

Posted in 3 star - Best Western, C, Fountain Valley, Japanese, Over $12+ Pricey | 1 Comment »

Casa Inka – Fountain Valley (714) 847-7555

Posted by k on September 9, 2008

Casa Inka – Fountain Valley (714) 847-7555 – 8610 Warner Ave, 92708

This is one of a few Peruvian restaurants I’ve visited in Orange County. Nice ambience but afraid it may not last since very few customers whenever I’ve been there. Wait service is slow but food is tasty if you like Peruvian food. The owner Angel is actually Cuban and stopped by our table to introduce himself, his Peruvian wife, Anna is the chef. They advertised $7 lunch specials so I tried that and was very disappointed that the portion of chicken was small like a single drumstick on a bed of cilantro rice. Guess that’s why it was only 7 bucks. Dinner was a little pricey but portions more generous.

Posted in 3 star - Best Western, C, Fountain Valley, Over $12+ Pricey, Peruvian | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

California Pizza Kitchen – Huntington Beach (714) 372-3157

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

California Pizza Kitchen – Huntington Beach (714) 372-3157 – www.cpk.com 7851 Edinger Ave

Pizza and Chicken Chopped Salad – All the pizzas here are good, some favorites are the BBQ Chicken or Thai Chicken if you tend to like Asian food. The BBQ Chicken Chopped salad is outstanding. Chicken Tequila Fettuccine was tasty but probably fattening. Shanghai Garlic Noodles terrible – way too salty.

Posted in $9 to $11 Upper Average, 4 star - Hilton, American, C, Huntington Beach | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Com Tam Tran Quy Cap – Fountain Valley (714) 418-1333

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Com Tam Tran Quy Cap – Fountain Valley (714) 418-1333 – 16175 Harbor Blvd, 92708 corner of Harbor & Edinger Ave (In Smart & Final Parking Lot)

Ban Hoi Ga, Bo, Thit (Bun Hoy Gaah, Baw, or Tit), Bo, or Thit – Flat rice noodle sheets with Chicken, Beef or Pork. Served with peanuts and green onions. Com Tam (Gum Tum) is also good and Com Suong Di-han (Gum Soong Die Han) – Korean Barbeque with Rice is served on a sizzling hot plate. Ca Salmon Xi Dau (Ka Salmon Si Yao) – Fish Salmon with Soy sauce served with white rice and salad.

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, 3 star - Best Western, C, Fountain Valley, Vietnamese, x - Ban Hoi/Thin Noodle Sheets, x - Ca Salmon/Salmon & Rice, x - Com Tam/Broken Rice | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Cafe Picasso – Westminster (714) 531-0144

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Cafe Picasso – Westminster  (714) 531-0144 – 15619 Brookhurst St, 92683

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. These are a few of the numerous French-Vietnamese cafes in Orange County.

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

Coffee Factory – Westminster (714) 418-0757

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Coffee Factory – Westminster (714) 418-0757 – 15582 Brookhurst St., 92683

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.

One of the numerous French-Vietnamese cafes in Orange County,

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

Co La – Garden Grove (714) 636-1188

Posted by k on January 25, 2008

Co La – Garden Grove  (714) 636-1188 – 12111 Brookhurst St. #D, 92844

Bun Bo Hue (Boon Baw Way) – translates literally to Noodle Beef of the Hue region in Vietnam. This bowl of spicy soup is similar to a hearty bowl of the American beef stew except it is spicy and the medium round noodles are like spaghetti noodles. The “vegetables” are actually herbs like mint, bean sprouts, shredded banana plant leaves. There are pigs feet and fatty cuts of beef, cubed solidified blood, it tastes delicious but probably quite fattening.

Posted in $6 to $8 Lower Average, 3 star - Best Western, C, Garden Grove, Vietnamese, x - Bun Bo Hue/Beef Noodle Soup | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »