Falling in love again
I love pho. It's like a lifestyle. It's my favorite food ever. I went to pho kim long last weekend with high expectations, which were far from what I got. I was blown away. I might as well have had low expectations, best pho I've had in ages. The prices are pretty good too. The drinks are alright, the selection's good enough, the pho is beyond anything I've ever had. I've been begging my friends to go back with me and if they don't, I'll go alone. It's that good. If you love pho, you have to go here.
Pho Kim Long
Pho Kim Long – San Jose (updated), CA
Vietnamese – my version of the ultimate comfort food. I don’t know any dish so far that I dislike, but I can’t say I have tried every dish; just the typical rice dishes and noodles. Meep and I used to eat Vietnamese at least once a week back in Vancouver. Our favourite place was literally across the street~
It took us a few months of trying out places before we found ‘the one’. This is it!
Menu is simple laminated cardboard. 3 pages of items.
Meep always orders the same thing. He usually get the extra large with everything on it, while I order a rice dish – so I get to have the best of both worlds~ But now that I have all the time in the world and can grill the meats myself. I go for the soups as well~
#1. extra large combo rice noodle soup with rare beef, tendon, tripe and flank brisket.
The broth is flavourful without the “medicine-y” taste that some places have by putting in too much of the cloves or sth while cooking.
My number 1 pick is the #33 – The spicy lemongrass noodle soup.
It comes with pig’s blood, a giant piece of pork leg, random pieces of beef & beef parts that are infused with the spices.
Look at the giant pork hock! I usually ask them to leave out the pig’s blood n pork leg (too hard to eat without getting soup all over me) and I add meatballs!
This is so rich without being greasy!!
Meep loves the meat in this noodle because it packs so much flavour.
Another new favourite – I tried this for the first time and loved it. Meep wouldn’t have been a fan because the soup is tangy n tomatoe-y. I like!
#30 on the menu – Thin noodle with meat and ground crab~
I can’t remember what this dish is called but it is stir fried pho with beef and veggies. I saw this on other tables and finally found it on the menu (after reading about Vietnamese noodles for 2 hours!)
This dish was really good BUT can be inconsistent. Unlike soup broth – this is make to order and prolly by different people. One time I ordered it, it came out greasy, flavourless and with a sad amount of noodles.
We have also tried the salad rolls – which just taste like every other salad roll.
The vietnamese iced coffee- the price for their drinks are cheaper than most places. Can’t really screw up vietnamese ice coffee~
Combination drink – I ordered red bean but got this instead. I am indifferent to it.
Total Damage: averages about $25 for 2
Personal Rating : 3.75 out of 5 (Very good)
( This are all based on the soup bowls and noodles, so I don’t think it would be fair to rate any higher)
Last trip we went was on Saturday at about 8.15 pm. It was packed! This place has about 50 tables ( I counted) and they were all full with more people streaming in. It was definitely chaotic but we still got our food really fast.
We ordered the Fried spring roll but by the time it got to our table, we were paying. The man at the cashier was really accomodating. He must realised how busy and chaotic it was, so when I said we didn’t get it and now we are leaving. He did not question me but apologised and took it off the bill.
Pho Kim Long
2082 N Capitol Ave
San Jose, CA 95132
Best Pho in town
This is my go to Pho restaurant in San Jose. The portions are HUGE and it is super cheap. I always get the beef pho with rare beef, never disappoints! The service is very typical vietnamese, they don't speak much english and they aren't very polite. When you walk in they pretty much point you to the direction of your table and thats it. You sit down and they serve you water and take your oder. Food comes out fast! Less than 5 minutes usually. Only con is it is Cash only!
[Overall] Pho Kim Long is a Vietnamese restaurant located in North Valley in San Jose, California. The majority of reviewers give this restaurant a rating of 4 stars. [Food] Most reviewers say the quality and value here is phenomenal, and that everything is very satisfying. Almost all said the pho here was the best they've ever had. Some also recommended the Vietnamese Chicken salad and the egg rolls, and appreciated the fact that the ingredients are fresh. [Atmosphere] A lot of reviewers mentioned that it gets very busy here and so the environment can get a bit on the loud side, but they said that is to be expected for a place that is so popular. They recommended take out if you are uncomfortable with a hectic atmosphere. [Service] Most reviewers thought the service was fast and the staff was very down to earth. The staff is very efficient at getting customers in and getting them their food and some felt a little rushed because of this, saying to be ready to order the second you sit down, but others appreciated it. Be aware that they only accept cash.