Pho Kim Long (San Jose, CA)
I had the best bowl of bun bo hue here at Pho Kim Long. The pho had always been quite decent but not mind-blowing. It never occurred to me that bun bo hue is what they really excel at.
The bun bo hue broth was good - refreshing fragrance, prominent lemongrass spices with complex flavors. The noodles have great texture and the toppings were tasty. I could ask for more shrimp paste if I am really being picky. Or perhaps a slightly thicker broth for instant gratification.
For a good bowl of pho there are still plenty other places to choose from. But if you want a really good bowl of bun bo hue, this is the best option in South Bay.