Mrs A – Hanoi Pho (Torrance, CA)

Mrs A’s pho serves a Northern Vietnamese style of pho that’s completely different than the pho I’m used to.  It’s not really a bad thing, but it also doesn’t make me want to switch to the commi style of pho. The main differences between the two are the ingredients. While both north and south use a beef broth, the vegetables, noodles, and meat are different takes.

If you’re used to the southern style (basil, bean sprouts, onion, cilantro, etc.), the first thing you’ll notice is the lack of condiments or vegetables.  You’ll find no sriracha, hoisin, or basil here.  The bowl is served with a shit load of green onions, noodles, and beef.  The noodles are thicker than the southern style and the beef taste more like some sort of meatball or dumpling filling.

If you’ve never had pho before, this will be delicious.  It’s like a homemade beef noodle soup for when you’re feeling under the weather.  However, if you’re a southern pho expert, you’ll immediately know why communism didn’t last.

2531 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 534-8889

2 stars

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Underbelly (San Diego, CA)

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Underbelly ramen

While in desperate search for ramen in San Diego, I discovered this place via Yelp.
The decor and interior is nothing like any ramen place I’ve been to before.  Its very open, modern, and stylish.  I ordered the Underbelly ramen which came with egg, chasu, bacon, and sausage?

While the noodles were a bit overcooked for my taste, the broth was legit.  A bit salty, but legit.
The meat is where I got confused.  Bacon? and Sausage?  In my opinion, it doesn’t mix well with the broth and ramen.  The sausage literally tasted like a hot dog, out of the 3 people in my group that got the Underbelly ramen, none of us actually finished or enjoyed the sausage/bacon.
Since Yamadaya and Santouka are in San Diego as well, I’d recommend people visit those locations for a more legit ramen experience.

750 W Fir St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-4626

3-star