We love Little Saigon for Vietnamese food, but sometimes we want something a bit closer to home. Pho 999 in Van Nuys comes through with warm bowls of pho (the national dish of Vietnam) and grilled meats galore.
The simply designed space fills up at lunch time with hungry patrons slurping away.
Jasmine tea is a warm start to a comforting Vietnamese repast.
Goi Cuon are rice paper wrappers stuffed full of shrimp, pork, vegetables and rice noodles. We dip them in peanut sauce before hitting them with a squirt of chili paste for a flavor packed hand held salad roll. They can also be ordered with shrimp only, sans pork, if that is preferred.
Pho 999 is famous for their noodle soups and hot steaming bowls loaded with meats of your choice, noodles and greens makes for a healthy and restorative meal.
We chose #14 with rare steak and well done brisket.
The savory bowls are enhanced by each customers personal preference, adding fresh lime juice, torn basil leaves, jalapeño slices and crunchy bean sprouts to taste.
Don’t forget the chili sauces, hoisin, vinegar with chopped green chilies and soy sauce also available to spice up the warm broth.
Number 49, bun cha goi thit heo nuong, may be difficult to pronounce but it is an extraordinary salad of grilled pork, fried egg rolls, pickled vegetables, green onion and vermicelli rice noodles atop a bed of greens that we toss together with the dressing provided and a nice hit of chili sauce for one of our favorite salad interpretations.
Pho 999 has two locations, one in Van Nuys and one in Reseda, both scattering excellent Vietnamese takeout dishes all over the San Fernando Valley which makes us feel all warm and cozy inside.
Pho 999 Vietnamese Restaurant, 6411 Sepulveda Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91411
Phone – 818-782-1999 web site – pho999restaurants.com
Pho 999 Restaurant, 7255 Reseda Boulevard, Reseda, CA 91335
Phone – 818-705-1899