July 13, 2009

Pho Minh, El Monte

Pho Minh is tucked away at the end of a long and skinny strip mall on Garvey Avenue. Easy to miss if you are just driving by. In the mood for good pho, I remembered a friend raving about this place and decided to stop in for a visit. The place is fairly large with several booths along the walls. The menu is one of the smallest I have seen with a selection of 22 types of beef noodle soup and a few appetizers.


The usual suspects arrived immediately after we placed our order. The bean sprouts and herbs were fresh and clean. A definite plus when it comes to my pho eating experience.

Cha Goi

When the four egg rolls arrived, all I could smell was the wonderfully garlicky aroma escaping from the golden and flaky wrappers. These egg rolls were long and skinny, very different from the Vietnamese egg rolls I am used to getting at other restaurants. Although skinny, these egg rolls packed a lot of flavor. Every bite was filled with pork and garlic goodness. The dipping sauce was ordinary, but I loved the string like carrots in the sauce which made it easier to wrap around the egg roll.

Tai Gan
4.75 small
Rare steak and tendon

Pho Dac Biet
5.55 large
Special combo with rare slices of steak, well done brisket, flank, tendon and tripe

The broth was very delicate, but contained a depth of flavors. There was no need to add any of the condiments available on the table. The noodles on the other hand, were a disappointment. Clumped together at the bottom of the bowl, they were impossible to separate without breaking the noodles into tiny pieces. The meat was good, but nothing special. The outstanding item was the tripe, which was cooked perfectly and tasted very fresh.

Overall, the broth is good, but nothing spectacular. Unfortunately, the noodles ruined what could have been an enjoyable bowl of noodle soup. The restaurant is very clean and the staff is friendly. If I were in the area again, I might stop in for some egg rolls, but that's about it.

2 out of 5 Stars

Pho Minh
9646 E. Garvey Ave
South El Monte, CA 91733

Plenty of parking in the parking lot on a weekend afternoon.

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Michael J. Lee said...

Pink Foodie,

That is great looking Pho.

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Just to clarify Dandan's doesn't have thick wide noodles, they have thick round ones.

Mike Lee

Exile Kiss said...

Hi Pink Foodie,

Sorry to hear you ran into the same problem I've seen lately. Pho Minh used to be so good... and then they sold it. :(