Hoan Kiem

727 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-617-3650

Details

  • Sun, Sat 9:30am-4pm, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
  • Takeout
  • Reservations Accepted
After gallery openings on nearby Chung King Road, a certain percentage of the art crowd drifts down to this one-dish restaurant, a specialist in pho ga, Vietnamese chicken-noodle soup. When you order, or rather nod, the massive bowl of soup is on your table in about 15 seconds, yellow and chickeny, seasoned with nothing more elaborate than a sprig or two of cilantro and a handful of chopped scallions, with soft rice noodles cooked about a hundred steps past al dente into near gelatinousness, soup that makes the meager offerings of Junior's or Nate 'n' Al's seem like so many bouillon cubes dissolved in tepid tap water.
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