Thanh Thai, Monterey Park
Having probably overdone it on the pho ga tip, I decided to switch things up and roll through Thanh Thai, this hole-in-the-wall spot two doors down from Huge Tree Pastry, off of Atlantic, north of Garvey. They have a special soup noodle of the day, and today it was bun trang, which uses slices of chicken and slivers of ham (normally it also comes with egg but I left that out). The soup is slightly spicy but only slightly and it comes with those mega slippery round rice noodles that no implement can adequately capture. It was a good way to start the morning; not an extraordinary soup and I think I would have liked the chicken better shredded but the savory-ness was pleasant and the whole thing felt hearty (which is good when you’re having it for breakfast).