My mom is a hard-core Saigon mama. Viet is her name, unethical food preparation is her game. She is the reason I have a stomach of steel and no food on the streets from Hanoi to Bangkok can ever upset it. I love Vietnamese food like no other. Pho is my comfort soup when I'm sick, cha gio are what I call egg rolls, curries without coconut milk and french bread are foreign to me, and banh mi's are my po-boys.
Going to Little Saigon in Westminster is a full-day thang. It is so tiring. Driving amongst crazy and/or timid Vietnamese drivers is insane. How they do it in Vietnam...I just can't understand. In Vietnam...there are no lanes...and they got all them crazy French turnaround rue's...caaarazy. In the midst of craziness, the Vietnamese keep calm and just live life. I love it!
There are two rules my mom and I follow about our trips to Little Saigon. 1) Never go during Tet Festivals (Lunar New Year) and 2) Never go on a Saturday. Well, today, we broke rule #2 and ventured into craziness on the busiest day of the week. Fortunately, we had no problems finding parking at any of our joints. Sweeet!
Well boys and girls, today we are lucky to have my mom in as a guest to review our trip to Little Saigon. Her reviews are in ALL-CAPS, because for some reason, she likes to blog in ALL-CAPS. Yes, she has her own blog. It's pretty hilarious. Anyways, she says "GHOSH" a lot. She loves her Napoleon Dynamite.
The Original TAY HO
HEY CUTE, WHAT DO U WANT TO EAT TODAY? TAY HO IS IN MY MIND. BUT IT'S SATURDAY, NO WAY. JUST GO... LUCKY, WE FOUND A BEST SPOT RIGHT IN FRONT TAY HO. IT WAS GOOD, BUT WHAT HAPPENING. NOT ENOUGH BANH CUON NHAN THIT, THEY MUST CHANGE THE COOK. GOSH... FLOUR IS SO CHEAP, WHY DID THEY DO THAT, GHOSH GHOSH... BUT IT WAS GOOD ANYWAY.
Banh cuon are thin flour sheets. Hmm...think of chow fun, but in sheets, and made super thin. Tay Ho makes their banh cuon extra thin and fill them with ground pork and mushrooms. This dish (#7), also comes with bean sprouts and cha lua (cha loo~ah) pork bologna all for under $5. Use the restroom in the back and sneak a peak of the ladies in the back steaming banh cuon. Tay Ho loves you because they provide all you can use nuoc mam (fish sauce).
Tay Ho is located in the back of a tiny tiny tiny shopping plaza east of the Asian Garden Mall. If there isn't parking, park at Asian Garden Mall or proceed to Tay Ho #4 (9629 Bolsa Ave.)
THREE DOLLARS FOR TWO LBS OF BANH CUON PLUS FISH SAUCE, ALWAYS CHEAP AND GOOD. THE BANH CUON THANH TRI SINCE 1975 IS BIGGER EVERYDAY. IT IS WAS ONLY PLACE WHERE U CAN BUY THEM BY POUND AND IT IS CHEAP. THANK YOU FOR THE OWNER, THE BANH CUON IS STILL THE SAME TEST LIKE THE FIRST DAY OPEN.
I grew up on Thai Son banh cuon take-out. Their banh cuon is super thin! Buy banh cuon by the pound ($1.75/lb) and it also comes with nuoc mam and dried onions. Yummmm!
Thai Son also makes their own line of mi (egg noodles) and wonton skins. The owner's son, Steve took time to explain why their noodles and wonton skins are superb!
Thai Son is located in a shopping center on the SW corner of Bolsa and Magnolia. Beware: This area is old school Little Saigon. People are everywhere!
IT IS A FRANCE COOKING, THE RICE IS ORIGINAL TASTE FROM FRENCH. ALL KIND OF STEW, BEEF, GOAT,BEEF TONGUE,DUCK,CHICKEN, ... PLUS THE SANWICH W/PORK ROAST, PATE, HEADCHEESE, CHAXIU,XIUMAI... PRICE IS CHEAP FRENCH DISH. THE INSIDE IS WARM, HOME, AND LOOK LIKE RUNNING BY THE WHOLE FAMILY. COOKING IS ALL HOMEMADE.
We were actually looking for a French/Vietnamese joint called Tai Buu Paris...but it's gone. I think they might have just moved. Anyways, mom and I ended up here at Uyenthy Bistro. It's a nice getaway from the usual Westminster hustle and flow. Definitely a great place to stop and relax with some Vietnamese cafe. Like my mom said, their French/Vietnamese grub is pretty reasonable. All chefs specials run around $6.00.
We got a couple of banh mi's at Uyenthy Bistro. We usually go to Banh Mi Che Cali for their 3 for $3 deal. But this time we decided to splurge.
Banh mi dac bietTOP BAGUETTE:
BEST FRENCH BA.... HEY, HOW DO U SPELL THAT BA... SHIT. ... SORRY. YEE, IT WAS THE BEST BREAD SINCE I LEFT VIETNAM. HEY, FOUND THE OWNER LITTLE CUTEE IN FRONT THE SHOP. HEY, WHAT IS HE PLAYING, COWBOY AND INDIAN, HE GOT A PLASTIC GUN ...BAO BAO BAO... ANYWAY, HE LOOK JUST LIKE FATHER. AGAIN, THE BEST FRENCH BREAD U CAN FIND HERE.
HAHA...I love my mom's gunshot noises. That's the owner in front of the shop, along with his nieces and nephews. His gangbanging toddler isn't in the picture...BAO BAO BAO. Ok..back to baguettes. Their baguettes are really really nice. The outside is crispy yet light. Inside is warm and fluffy. Top Baguette, you score way high for texture.
I LIKE HOW THEY DO THE FILLING FOR THE CREAMPUFF. OK... CREAMPUFF IS ADICTED, IF U WANT TO LOOSE WEIGHT, DON'T GO THERE. IT IS THE BEST CREAMPUFF SHOULD BE. HOW DO THEY MAKE THEM. DON'T KNOW BUT IT IS GOOD.
I love how my mom is so addicted to Beard Papa's. Yea, if you want to "loose" weight...don't come here.
Eclairs at Beard Papa's are yummmmmy! Get it when you can. It's not always available. It's a whopping $1.85, but so worth it. Mom and I paired it with some Canadian Ice Wine I got for Christmas! ~OISHII~!
9242 Bolsa Avenue #F
Westminster, Ca 92683
8922 Bolsa Avenue
Westminster, Ca 92683
9039 Bolsa Avenue Ste 101&102
Westminster, Ca 92683
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Westminster, CA 92638
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