Tay Thuong: Making Vietnamese Waves in Little Saigon [CLOSED]

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Tay Thuong serves central Vietnamese food in highly competitive Little Saigon.

As soon as we entered Tay Thuong and saw the wavy green and white DNA helix pattern on the walls, it became instantly obvious that we’d been there before. No other restaurant would replicate that design element, at least on purpose. They had to be inherited. And so they were, from the previous tenant, a more than respectable Vietnamese chicken specialist called Grand. The name Tay Thuong refers to a town in central Vietnam that’s depicted in painting. It’s also the hometown of the restaurant’s previous owner. Dennis Tran and Will Pham bought Tay Thuong, and based on our experience, they’re fitting successors.

Banh Beo Chen ($3.50) abound in Little Saigon, and Tay Thuong tops a good, delicate version of steamed rice flour pancakes with minced shrimp and crispy fried onions.[/caption]

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Hu Tieu ami Hai San ($6) was a light rice noodle soup with clear, peppery broth, tender catfish chunks, firm squid, sweet shrimp, scallions and crisp Vietnamese celery.

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Bun Bo Hue ($5) may be the most famous dish from the central Vietnamese city of Hue, and Tay Thuong does this beef noodle soup justice. The broth was appropriately spicy and arrived bobbing with thick vermicelli, sliced beef, beef tendon, pork feet, pork cake, and firm, iron-rich pork blood cubes. Add vegetables to your liking, including crunchy bean sprouts, white and purple cabbage, and cilantro. Squeeze lime for enlightenment.

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One owner’s family has an eight-acre Riverside farm that yields herbs and fuels beverages like pennywort juice ($2), an herbal, grassy concoction that they wisely sweeten.

We get the sense that even though Tay Thuong is already on its second owner, their combination of variety, value and flavor will last longer than its chicken-centric predecessor.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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