Nguyen Hoang!

 

 

Com Tom Suon

Com Tom Suon

For my second post, i would like to write about perhaps one of my favorite restaurants of all time, a place that i’ve been eating at for the past 15 years. Filled with mouth watering aromas, a newly remodeled dining area, and classic vietnamese dishes, Nguyen Hoang IS the place to go visit at least once in the 626 area.

First off, Lets try and pronouce the name correctly shall we? Each word in the name is only ONE syllable. Yup, did you know that all vietnamese and chinese words only contain one syllable? if you didn’t, now you do! Okay, lets try it out phonetically. “NWIN JUAN”.  combine the NW into one sound if you can, so its like saying the word WIN but with a strong N sound in the beginning. and JUAN, like the spanish name. now lets try it togther. NWIN JUAN. GOOOOOOD!!!! You speak vietnamese now. good job. hahahah.

Nguyen Hoang can be found in Alhambra, on the corner of the popular street of valley and the lesser known prospect. The nearest interection to this fine establishment is valley and New ave. Its been around for decades which can attest to its popularity. actually, my parents are friends of friends of the owners here when they lived back in vietnam, so i can definitely testify to its authencity. too bad they don’t know me, or else i could get discounts and come here all the time. =P

The sign outside

The sign outside

 They recently remodelled the restaurant, giving it a new hipper touch with asian flare including wooden bamboo like panels and even tropical lightning fixtures. neat!

Sweeeeeet lighting

Sweeeeet Lighting

     First off we start are meals with the ever famous shrimp rolls. If your vietnamese, these rolls are pretty much second nature to your eating habits. Containing various vegetables and shrimp wrapped in a like rice paper, you dip these in a peanut sauce. absolutely scrumptious. this appetizer is light and refreshing, definitely a good starting meal to get your hunger going.

 

Summer Shrimp rolls

Summer Shrimp rolls

The wrap is nice and tight, preventing all the various ingredients inside from falling out. i’m not sure, but i beleive this rolls also contain mint, giving it an extra kick to its flavor.

 On to the main course. I chose the com tom suon. the main dish is pretty simple, broken rice with pork. the broken rice is just regular rice crushed into half its  usual size.  FYI, the broken rice originated from the poor rice patty farmers of the old days. they would sell the good rice they produced and ate all the broken rice bits that couldn’t be sold. eventually it became a very common dish. interesting huh?

Com tom suon. $4.50
Com Tom Suon $4.50

 At $4.50 a dish, this can’t be beat price wise. the pork is actually quite different than other vietnamese restaurants sell. traditional com tom’s come with a pork chop. in this case, Nguyen Hoang gives thinly sliced pork chop charboiled on an open flame as can be seen by the darkened pieces in the picture. topped with some green onions and a splash of their fish sauce, this dish is an absolute winner. the meat is tender and flavorful and beats out a pork chop any day of the week.  

And of course, who could forget the small side of cucumbers and pickled radish and carrots to go with the meal. the cucumbers add a light and refreshing mix to compensate for all the meaty pork. The radish and carrots find a comfortable niche in supporting the flavor of the rice and fish sauce. Oh, and i also forgot to mention the light vegatable broth that comes with the rice dish. all for $4.50?!?1?! outrageous!  Vermicelli noodles

Vermicelli noodles

My friend got the vermicelli noodles. unfortunetly he was so hungry upon looking at it, that he tackled the food before i could get a picture. hahahah. basically this dish contains vermicelli on top of a large amount of various vegetables such as lettuce, mint leaves, carrots etc. it also contains different types of charboiled or fried meats (depending on what you order) which could include pork, even fried spring rolls. you first mix up the vegetables at the bottom with the vermicelli, and pour a good heaping amount of fish sauce and bon apetit. yummy yummy!!!

 

 

5 outta 5 stars.

(Been coming here for 15 years, and most likely another 15 years to come!)

 

Nguyen Hoang Restaurant

401 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

(626) 281-0017

 

 

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