Noodle World, Jr (Sherman Oaks, CA)

asian, Fast Food, noodles, ramen, Thai, Vietnamese

Came upon this place one night when I was meeting up w/ a friend at the nearby On the Thirty (another post to come). As soon as I saw it, I was excited to tell Eli because he understands how deep my love of noodles goes, haha!

[Below] I ordered the Chicken Tom Kah–broth was not exactly like a traditional tom kah but it was a good base. So, I just asked for dried chili (came w/o any spiciness) and lime (a must in any tom kah) and problem was solved! Overall, it was good for being a fast food type of joint.

[Pic below] Eli ordered the Spicy Beef Stew Ramen. He must have not had high expectations because after the first couple bites, w/ his raised eyebrows, he exclaimed, “Wow, it’s pretty good!” And then proceeded to devour it 😂 No leftovers for him.

Aside from the food, the service was EXCELLENT! We interacted w/ two staff–the one that took care of us w/ bringing us food and making sure everything was good throughout our meal was especially awesome! Wish I had gotten his name 😑🤦‍♀️

Another great thing is that this place was very clean and organized!! How can you not enjoy a meal w/ seeing that???

So, if you haven’t figured it out… yes, go to this place for some fast food yumminess! BTW, this is the kind of place where you order first and then they bring the food to you. And they also have rice dishes, too.

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Pho Huynh (El Monte, CA)

asian, noodles, Pho, Vietnamese

When stepping in, I was expecting for a typical pho setting–white walls, minimal investment into the interior and tables/chairs. To my surprise, it was a couple steps up from that–had the restaurant name by the register on the wall in script writing (ooh, so fancy 😜), tables and chairs were decent, and interior was actually given some thought! 

From that, I assumed the food was going to be a couple steps up from the typical hole-in-the-wall pho places… It was not. It took 1 1/2 steps back 😞 NOOOOOOO! Why???

Ordered – fresh coconut, Spring Rolls, Shrimp Pho, and #2 Combination Pho (steak meat, filet mignon, and brisket). 


Fresh Coconut – tiny, took 10 sips (if that) and it was gone 😣 the meat was too tough for my liking. I prefer the coconuts from a Thai restaurant. 

Shrimp Pho – lacked flavor. There’s usually various spices and bottles of sauces that are on the table to personalize your bowl of pho. I felt I was adding too much and working to hard for it to get to where I wanted–still didn’t end up where I wanted, just settled at a point because I had put in so much already and didn’t want to overload my bowl w/ sodium 😳


#2 Combination Pho – the BF ordered this dish. Says soup was okay. He was expecting the meat to be good (especially after our intense hour of bubble soccer, I digress), but it was disappointing to find out that it was mostly too fatty for his liking. Nothing special here for him.

Spring Rolls (no pic 😫) – wasn’t tasty, tasted like nothing (kind of how I would image air to taste like). Even the mix of peanut sauce and chili paste didn’t do much. Ate only 1 of the 3 rolls 😒

Service – was okay, maybe a tad less than okay; comparable to other pho places. 

Overall… No, we won’t be coming back 🙁 One can get better tasting food w/ the same service elsewhere, around the same amount of money.