OC’s Place for Vietnamese Crepes

Pho Tau Bay

Most restaurants in Little Saigon would be considered pretty ghetto by most people’s standards.  Most places are not as well-maintained and sometimes the dirtiness can be a little off-putting, but that is not to say that the food tastes as bad as the restaurant looks.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite…. for whatever reason, often times, the way the food tastes is inversely related to how clean the restaurant is.  However, in recent years, I’ve noticed that Little Saigon has actually cleaned up quite a bit.  Newer restaurants have come in, older restaurants have undergone renovation, and there is a generally cleaner look to all of Little Saigon these days.

All that being said, one of the better restaurants serving Banh Cuon in Little Saigon is actually one of the older, more run-down places that has been around forever.  Banh Cuon are Vietnamese steamed rice crepes filled with pork and mushroom.  I’m not sure if this is the best restaurant, but it seems to be the one that everyone recommends for these seemingly simple tasting Vietnamese dishes.  Strangely enough, the name of the restaurant, Pho Tau Bay, doesn’t even have anything to do with Banh Cuon and they actually serve Pho along with other Vietnamese dishes, but I’ve never had anything else.


Banh Cuon Dac Biet

Banh Cuon Dac Biet is the Special Vietnamese Crepes which comes topped with shredded dried pork, steamed pork patties and a side of bean sprouts.  I, personally, don’t need all the additional toppings, and I prefer to eat the banh cuon with the steamed pork patties and some fish sauce.  My one critique which is a general comment for banh cuon is that I never feel like there is enough filling in these crepes, but all that aside, I think the banh cuon here is pretty good though.


Pho Tau Bay
3610 W 1st St, Suite C
Santa Ana, CA 92703

PAFO Ratings for Pho Tau Bay:
Price $
Ambiance 2 stars
Food 3 stars
Overall rating 3 stars


One Comment Add yours

  1. eye see you says:

    thanks for the review

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