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Banh Mi San Jose

Banh Mi Oven #1 Cold Cut Combo (Dose of Vitamin P)

San Jose is the city with the most Vietnamese-Americans outside of Vietnam, over 100,000 people according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Given that fact, it figures that their Little Saigon food scene is so...
Vietnamese Food Orange County

Grandpa’s Kitchen Dry Noodles 168 Phnom Penh Fresh Noodles (Dose of Vitamin P)

“Dry noodles” are a bit of a misnomer. This menu description just means that the noodles aren’t served in soup, but the bowls at Grandpa’s Kitchen Dry Noodles 168 in Little Saigon are far...
Banh Mi Orange County

Tip Top Sandwiches and Grill BBQ Pork Lemongrass Banh Mi (Dose of Vitamin P)

Ever since Tip Top Sandwiches emerged victorious in my multi-stop 2009 Little Saigon Banh Mi Bender, I’ve been enamored with their take on the ubiquitous Vietnamese style sandwiches. The now 30-year-old business debuted in...
Sugar Cane Juice Orange County

Nuoc Mia Vien Tay Kumquat Sugar Cane Juice (Drink of the Week)

Nuoc Mia Vien Tay is a rebranded Little Saigon sugar cane juice bar that dates to 1996, when Chuyen Nguyen and wife Thuy opened in a Westminster strip mall. I first wrote about Nuoc...
Vietnamese Food Orange County

Garlic & Chives Caramelized Catfish & Pork Belly (Dose of Vitamin P)

The decision on where to eat at Garden Grove’s Mall of Fortune is no longer clear-cut. Starting in 1996, Brodard was the obvious choice. In 2015, chef Kristin Nguyen disrupted the paradigm by opening...
Vietnamese Food Orange County

Mai Phung Mi Mai Phung Kho (Dose of Vitamin P)

Little Saigon is stitched together with rich Vietnamese culinary fabric that of course doesn’t stop at pho, spring rolls, or imperial rolls. Some of my favorite meals are at noodle houses. I didn’t get...