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May 29

Quan Hop Restaurant, Westminster, CA

 

I’ve passed by Quan Hop so many times eating at other places in the same plaza but never went in until now – only to find out it has the same owner as Quan Hy. D’oh.

I had a feeling about the ownership because the menu resembles much of Quan Hy’s – the style, the dishes, even the interior decor.

Quan Hop Restaurant Westminster CA, bun bo hue, rice noodle soup, hue rice noodle soup, red soup, red noodle soup, rice noodle soup pork beef, pork soup, beef soup, Vietnamese restaurant, Vietnamese food

I kept thinking to myself it they serve similar food, then bun bo Hue – Hue (central Vietnam) rice noodle soup – might not be as good here because it’s not good at all over at Quan Hy. And I was right. The soup is quite bland and not flavorful as Hau Giang or even Ngu Binh. The meat is decent and they gave me way too much rice noodle.

Quan Hop Restaurant Westminster CA, com hen, rice with baby clams, baby clams, baby clams rice, clam rice, Vietnamese restaurant, Vietnamese food

My family ordered com hen, rice with baby clams; it was average. The baby clams tasted “floury” in my mouth. I’d much rather eat regular clams, minus the rice.

Quan Hop Restaurant Westminster CA, com thit nuong, rice bbq pork, bbq pork, rice dish, bbq rice, Vietnamese restaurant, Vietnamese food

Com thit nuong, BBQ pork rice, was probably the best dish. I like the way they grilled the pork – with a bit of Vietnamese spiced leaves (called “xa”).

Quan Hop Restaurant Westminster CA, banh beo, rice cakes, rice cakes with shrimp flakes, green onions, scallions, shrimp rice cakes, Vietnamese restaurant, Vietnamese food

You don’t go to a Hue (central Vietnam) restaurant and not eat banh beo, or Vietnamese rice cakes with shrimp, green onions, and shallots, drizzled with sweet and spicy fish sauce. They are served with shrimp paste cakes on the side. These are the second most delicious dish we ordered.

Bottom line: I do NOT recommend bun bo Hue here. Go to Hau Giang for it and thank me later. 🙂

 

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