Pho Hai Yen
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- Pho Hai YenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Pho Hai Yen has good food!
The owners must be from Central Vietnam, as they have an extensive list of choices (11 to be exact) and specialize in the spicy noodle soup from the region, called Bun Bo Hue. This is much heartier than Pho, already spicy hot, and filled with working farmer type ingredients, like pork knuckles and pork blood cake, and other choices to your liking.
I tried the Pho, however, and they have 21 choices there, including Ga (chicken) and Dau Hu (tofu).
The broth was clear and one of the most flavorful I have tried in many a Pho bowl, indicating that they probably slow cooked beef bones in the broth as all good Pho makers do, instead of taking short cuts, and this was at 10:30 am! And the balance of the broth flavors was excellent, not overpowered by any single ingredient. The noodles could have been slightly better, however.
They offer a full range of dishes, too, including Broken Rice plates (Com Tam) Vermicelli Dry Noodle plates (Bun, over 25 choices) and Bubble Teas.
The Pho is typically priced for the Emerald City, near $7, which is higher than the more competitive Little Saigons in Westminster and San Jose. The Mango Boba was $3.50 but served in a tall Jamba sized cup, which is bigger than most.
If you like noodles, Bun Bo Hue or Pho, this is a good choice, on Rainier Avenue South, right at South Dearborn. This place is cleaner than a lot of Asian dives, too.