Golden Star Vietnamese

Restaurants, Pho Chinatown
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Golden Star Vietnamese
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Golden Star Vietnamese

It’s easy to miss this tasty, cash-only spot, tucked away down a Chinatown alley.

It's easy to miss this cash-only restaurant, tucked away down a Chinatown alley. Thankfully, that means it's largely filled with locals rather than tourists. Start with the imperial roll (trust us), before moving on to the pho. Depending on your affinity for pig-parts, the top dishes here are the bun bo hue—a spicy soup with rice vermicelli, beef shank, pig's knuckles, beef tendon and blood cubes—or the velvety five-spice chicken pho. The noodles are extra thick, with a hearty chew that holds up to the hot broth. For a caffeine jolt, try the strong Vietnamese iced coffee.

By: Lauren Sheber


Venue name: Golden Star Vietnamese
Address: 11 Walter U Lum Pl
San Francisco

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8:30pm
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