Pho is a delicious bowl of savory broth, rice noodles, and a variety of meats. While Pho originates from Vietnam, my grandmother(from Laos) also makes her own variation. Growing up, Pho was one of my comfort foods and on the way back from a quick trip to the Carmel Valley Ranch by Hyatt, Jen and I made a quick stop to Pho Ga An Nam.
Pho Ga An Nam wasn’t our first choice as we originally intended to go to their sister restaurant for Bún Bò Huế. Unfortunately, their sister spot had. a broken water heater and was closed thus we went to Pho Ga An Nam which was a few shops down.
Pho Ga An Nam is located in San Jose in the not so great area of the city. Its a few minutes off the 280 free-way and has plenty of parking in front.
Since we were going to a Pho spot, I decided to grab a bowl of Pho Tai Bien which was a bowl of noodles topped with rare flank steak. Upon pouring the piping hot broth, the rare steak gets cooked to perfection. Jen had a Bún Bò Huế which is a more flavorful noodle soup made of both beef and pork. Bún Bò Huế contains more flavors and meats in contrast to pho.
After a quick getaway to one of my favorite hotels (Carmel Valley Ranch), it was a nice place to stop by and grab lunch on the way home. While Pho An Nam is nothing special, the spot did served solid Vietnamese food.