Pho Crystal Noodle House

3037 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704


  • Sun, Sat 9am-9pm, Mon-Fri 10am-9pm
  • $
  • Takeout
  • Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
Pho Crystal Noodle House is a Vietnamese restaurant in Santa Ana. You're more likely to see a chola in a Valley High sweat shirt than you are Vietnamese, as the dive is located next to apartment complexes and a Laundromat, meaning the stream of working-class wabs never stops. Don't think the soup is somehow watered down or modified even a bit for Mexicans--what Crystal Noodle House serves is straightforward pho, all about the earthy broth and generous portions of meat. The beef pho is better than the chicken (which is good, but not Pho Dakao good); the hu tieu is a barnyard feast filled with shrimp and Chinese pork barbecue and a big ol' piece of fried chicken to round everything off. Other rice and noodle dishes exist--but all customers, whether the mostly Mexi to the smattering of gabachos and Viets who do stop by, spoon through their soups. And regardless of order, everything ends with a complimentary cup of che, the soup dessert filled with tapioca balls—which, incidentally enough, Mexicans also love.

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