Thanks. It’s definitely not close, but at the same time, to borrow a @PorkyBelly phrase, it’s #TotallyWorthIt.
Seriously though, everyone’s tolerance on what’s worth it or not differs. For us? If there’s a chance of experiencing new flavors, new dishes / cuisines, and exploring new restaurants that our FTC’ers have been raving about, then we don’t mind doing an excursion from time-to-time.
The first time we found Ngu Binh was because we were already in the area trying out Pho Ga Hai Van, a Chicken Pho place that @JeetKuneBao recommended. So this turned out to be a very nice bang-bang.
And while it can be far, we’ve found other reasons to help make the trip more worth it, like visiting friends in OC, or stopping by South Coast Plaza, or visiting other recommended spots as well (like ST Patisserie, Taco Maria, Kitakata Ramen Bannai (my favorite Ramen right now in LA/OC), etc.
But I wish they opened a Ngu Binh on the Westside. It would be an insane hit I think.
Regardless, the Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup is so good, such a wonderful Best Bite, that it made the trip more than worth it for us.