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“Yummy noodle place”

Vien Huong Restaurant
Ranked #224 of 1,368 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Yummy noodle soup. This is one if the oldest establishments in Oakland Chinatown. It is like a smooth machine. They get u in, give u a menu along with some hot tea or cold water. As soon as u order your food, within a couple of minutes, your food is in front of u. U eat, u pay...Next customer... Love the food here..

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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

We visited Vien Huong because it received great reviews. We honestly don’t understand what all the excitement is about.

The noodles are not bad. But there is so much MSG in their food. Nothing with so much MSG could possibly taste bad.

Our slight issue with Vien Huong is that it is Americanized chop suey. But to be clear. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Americanized Asian cuisine. But there is really nothing Vietnamese or Cantonese or Chiu Chow about their food. The food is American Asian food. So just know what you are getting into. That’s all.

Prices are reasonable but not cheap. $6-$8 per bowl would be cheap. $9-11 is reasonable for what you are getting.

The food was fine. Nothing wrong with it other than the excessive use of MSG. But nothing to get overly excited about in my book.

But having said that, they do draw a huge crowd, and people keep coming back for more. Kind of like Panda Express which we like for what it is, American Chinese cuisine.

Thank SDJA
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

This place is the quintessential hole in the wall soup/Chinese food in the heart of Oakland Chinatown.One of the best in the area. No muss, no fuss-just good food and quick service ( friendliness level is variable).The most popular item is #21. Cash only.

Thank mzbecks07
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

This place has wonderful Vietnamese soup and fish cakes. It's easier to get a table now than years ago. Same delicious broth.

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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The food is great at this restaurant. The Beef Stew is the best in town. I have never had a bad meal here. BUT... the service is on the low end of the spectrum.
There is an elderly woman at the cash register and she is probably the Grand Ma Ma of the family.
Her job seems to be to give the evil eye to anyone who is slow to order of slow to leave.
The first time we ate at this restaurant we had paid and were at the communal table enjoying a final sip of tea.
She came to our table and said in a very loud voice... "YOU PAID YOU GO NOW!"
She has a mission to "turn" every table as efficiently as possible.

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Thank Bryan B
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