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Kobe Pho at Noodle Guy in Alhambra

Today The Goldster praises the Kobe pho at Noodle Guy, a Vietnamese eatery in Alhambra. The restaurant itself is "kind of hip for a pho restaurant, furnished with lacquered wood, art on the walls and big flat-screen televisions permanently tuned to the Lakers...I’ve been in four or five times, and my elbows have yet to stick to the table, which is probably a record when it comes to local noodle shops...A casual glance at the Noodle Guy menu reveals little to differentiate it from the dozens of other Vietnamese noodle shops...What is not on the menu, but which half the people in the restaurant seem to know about anyway, is the pho with Kobe beef, thin, raw slivers of the luxury meat that poach in the heat of the broth, floating among herbs, sliced chiles and slivered onions. And what you might never have expected is that pho may end up being among the highest and best expressions of Wagyu beef. The flesh firms but never quite cooks through, and its tenderness and richness are accentuated rather than overwhelmed by the cinnamon, clove and charred onion in the mild beef soup — the taut-cello-string beefiness really comes through...And while...the owner of Noodle Guy, might prefer you didn’t order the Wagyu pho at all — the cost of the meat apparently makes the dish a loss leader — you owe it to yourself to try it at least once." [LAW]

Noodle Guy

1257 Valley Blvd., Alhambra, CA

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