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MJLR321 Aug 23rd, 2006 09:58 AM

That Visalia Vietnamese restaurant
Greetings from the UK, folks.

Last year, my husband and I drove through California and spent a couple of nights in Visalia. Apart from one of the very best, and cheapest Chinese dinners we ever had, and, a fantastic steak in The Depot, we found a Vietnamese-type restaurant at the entrance to a shopping mall in Visalia (the kind you sit at table in the mall and collect your own food). The Vietnamese noodle souup was out of this world and I have tried the internet and all manner of cook books looking for a recipe for what may match this fragrant, healthy brew, all without success.

Does anyone know if this is a one-off family-run restaurant, or, could it be a chain? We return to the US in October but to San Diego and don't have time to go to Visalia again. If anyone knows the name of the restaurant to which I am referring, I would be pleased to hear of it because if it's a chain, I want to find it again.

Many thanks.


rjw_lgb_ca Aug 23rd, 2006 10:48 AM

You are referring to <i>pho</i>. Any Vietnamese restaurant will offer that. It's usually substantial enough for a whole meal, but you may see an appetizer-sized version on the menu, sometimes called <i>chen pho nh&ograve;</i>.

There are a fair amount of Vietnamese restaurants in the greater San Diego area. I can think of two in Hillcrest: RiceJones and Saigon on Fifth. Any SD locals know of others?

brandie346 Aug 23rd, 2006 10:52 AM

This is not really related, but RJW's post reminded me of it...

Several years age I was in Brampton, ON, and there was a restaurant called &quot;Pho King Noodles&quot; :D

starrsville Aug 23rd, 2006 10:57 AM

I don't get it...

starrsville Aug 23rd, 2006 10:58 AM

OH! Now I do!

starrsville Aug 23rd, 2006 10:58 AM

Just call me &quot;doofus&quot;

Brandie, is there a Vietnamese restaurant you like in the Atlanta area?

rjw_lgb_ca Aug 23rd, 2006 11:01 AM

I'd hate to hear their radio ads, then have that Pho King jingle running through my head...!!

MJLR, California has the highest concentration of Vietnamese ex-pats in the US. <i>Pho</i> is quite familiar and popular in southern CA. You won't have any problem finding it.

brandie346 Aug 23rd, 2006 11:08 AM

Actually, I don't think I've ever been to one (we didn't eat at Pho King, we just passed by).

MJLR321 Aug 23rd, 2006 11:15 AM

Thank you all. It took me a while to get the Pho King connection but I did...quite funny really.

When I am in California this time and in whichever city, I should get the Yellow Pages out for Vietnamese restaurants. Also, perhaps I should Google 'pho' or 'chen pho nho' for the authentic version.

Thank you all again.


rjw_lgb_ca Aug 23rd, 2006 11:40 AM

This recipe is pretty basic and quite authentic, although I'd add a stalk of bruised lemongrass to add another fragrant green/citrus flavor:

sistahlou Aug 23rd, 2006 11:45 AM

I like to drink Effen Vodka with my Pho King Noodles!

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