Orange County CRAY !!! Ngu Binh Vietnamese Restaurant
Restaurant Name: Ngu Binh Restaurant
Average Price per Person: $10 to 25 USD per person
Location: Westminster, California (see map below for details)
Recommendations: Bánh Bèo, Bún Bò Huế and Bánh Ít Kep Bánh Ram
Ratings (out of 5)
Bang for Buck: 5
It’s no secret that the Vietnamese food in Westminister, Orange County is BOMB. Some people say it’s even better than the food in Vietnam. I have yet to visit Vietnam, but I will say that Westmister, aka Little Saigon, has some of the BEST Vietnamese food I’ve ever had. Westminister has the highest concentration of Vietnamese Americans of any community in the United States due to the huge influx of refugees that migrated to the city in the ’70s.
The Vietnamese food selection is unreal. Yes, there are a ton of legit pho restaurants, but the Vietnamese community consists of people who immigrated from all over Vietnam. Pho aside, you’ll find a diverse mix of food from the North, South and Central Vietnam.
I have a major soft spot for bún bò huế, a popular Vietnamese soup containing round rice vermicelli (bún) and beef (bò), originating from the city of Huế, in central Vietnam. Huế food has been coined ‘Royal’ cuisine since it was once the food of the Imperial Court. Huế food is often described as a balance of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors along with the prominent use of lemongrass.
My friend Jen West took me to her favorite bún bò huế spot called Ngu Binh. The menu consists of authentic Huế favorites including a jackfruit salad called mít xúc bánh tráng, bánh bèo or rice cakes, glutinous rice dumplings or bánh ít ram and more. It was my first Huế dining experience and I loved every bite! We ordered an eff load of food, just so we could try everything. It was so good we packed everything up and took it back to the city. I would definitely recommend hitting up Ngu Binh with an entourage so you can taste a little bit of everything!
Bánh Bèo ($7.75). The steamed rice cakes were my fav! Each rice cake was topped with shredded dried shrimp, fresh scallions, and pork rinds served with fish sauce. I think I ate about five of these bad boys.
Asian, Dinner, Los Angeles, USA, Lunch, Vietnamese
14092 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA 92683, United States