In 2007, OC Weekly gave Thuyen Vien the honor of Best Pho. This is not among vegetarian pho only – it’s out of all the places that serve pho! I can tell you from experience, their pho is very tasty (although I’ve never had conventional pho and can’t compare it to that). My trips to Thuyen Vien always come with the dilemma of ordering their amazing pho, or ordering one of their many other tasty dishes. This trip I went with the latter.
First up were the Steamed Jicama Rolls served with Peanut Sauce. I love non-fried rolls drenched in peanut sauce and these did not disappoint! I don’t remember if there was tofu or some kind of fake meat in the middle, but also included were jicama slices, carrots, and greens. Yummy and refreshing!
For my entree, I ordered the Crispy Soy Fish with Ginger Sauce. I’ve had this before when I dined with a large group and everyone I was with absolutely loved this one. It has an interesting texture and is covered in seaweed. I’m a big fan, but I can see why it might not be for everyone.
I also had a taste of my fellow diner’s entree: Garlic Chicken. The chicken was chewy and the dish was a bit spicy, but all-in-all, it had a great flavor.
I also ordered their BBQ Shredded Tofu and Eggrolls Vermicelli with Grilled Pork (that’s a mouthful!) to-go for my vegan guy. Turns out, this one has lots of onions (something my guy avoids for personal reasons), so he didn’t eat it. I ate it the next day and thought it was just ok. This type of dish isn’t something I’m a huge fan of and wouldn’t order it on my own. The noodles were plain and the rest had some flavor, but had gotten mushy while sitting in the fridge overnight. It came with a very liquidy sauce to pour over the noodles, but it just wasn’t enough for me to really enjoy it (I’m a fan of thicker/more flavorful sauces on my noodle dishes). If you are a frequent orderer of this particular “vermicelli noodle with egg roll” type dish, then you might like it, though.
Thuyen Vien is all vegetarian and mostly vegan (any non-vegan dishes are marked “NV”). The sign outside says “Pho Veggie” so look for that. The parking lot is smaller, but I have never had a problem parking in it. It is located at:
1740 S Euclid St
Anaheim, CA 92802
Mon:5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Tue – Fri:10 am-2:30 pm and 5 pm-9 pm
Sat – Sun:10 am-9 pm