Thuyen Vien

Orange County, California

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We'd been waiting for months and and months wondering when it was finally going to open. But you know what? The wait was more than worth it. The food we ordered was absolutely delicious and the owner Si was a most gracious, friendly man not to mention very informative and helpful in describing how to put together "Soy "fish" with dill and special sauce" items in our bowl. Oh and let me tell you the flavors of this dish are amazing. There's just no other way to describe it. Sizzling soy seafood mixture, noodles, green leaf lettuce, cilantro, mint and a special sauce. You line the bottom of your bowl with torn pieces of the lettuce, cilantro, mint...top with noodles...spoon on the sauce...and add on the seafood mixture. Oh and don't forget to add some of the homemade oily chili sauce! It makes all of the flavors of this wonderful dish come together perfectly. Other dishes we enjoyed were the unique Banana Flower Tacos appetizers and the Fried Rice Thailand style. Both were excellent as well.

We absolutely can't wait to come back and try many many more dishes. Everything on the menu looks and sounds so inviting.

Si and his family have created a cute little ambiance as well. Clean, fresh, and relaxing. We just can't say enough about Thuyen Vien except to say we wish you all the success in the world with the hope of many many great years of great dining experiences yet to come!


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Superb ! Very low key, attentive, and gentle. Lovely food, lovely people. We tried the jicama rolls, the crepe, the seaweed special, the pho... all wonderful ! They're closing (end of lease) at end of January. They'll reopen at a new site, tbd, after a short vacation. Will let cutomers know new address and directions when they return, by email, and I'll post to this site as soon as I hear. Enjoy your vacation, and please hurry back ! :)


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OH MY GOD! Greatest vegan food I've ever had. The garlic "chicken" is so amazing my meat-eating friends love it. It's not on the menu anymore, but if you ask for it they'll make it for you. The spring roll appetizers were a little different for my taste when I first tried them but after coming back twice I ended up falling in love. The rice is cooked perfectly and everything is fantastic. They're all really nice and attentive there. You have to go, if anything for the garlic chicken and also for the ginger fish. WOW.


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The best Vietnamese food! They serve great vegan food at a discounted price. Their salads are light with oil-free dressings and fake, vegan meats. They have amazing soy chicken and soy ginger fish. Located about 4 miles from Disneyland, this is pure heaven compared to the options around the park. The owner is very accomodating and the portions are large.


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I just spent four nights in Cypress, and ate at Thuyen Vien three of those (they're closed on Tuesdays). They were very welcoming; I got to know the owner, who was happy to discuss cooking, ingredients and his menu with me. The first night I had the roast chicken, which was a good dish for people who don't want to end up with too much food. It was a very tasty sweet sauce, with good texture. Next I tried the fish with a seaweed skin, one of their fanciest dishes. This one was an enormous portion - best for two people. It featured incredibly fresh mint, zucchini, jacima, and thin rice wraps - a Vietnamese fish tortilla as it were. Amazing. The last night, I took the recommendation of the owner and had the fish hot pot as well as the sweet and sour soup. Again, there were great herbs (basil in this case) in the soup, as well as chunks of tomato and other great vegetables - and he recommended eating the two together (fish pieces in soup).

Prices were unbeatable (from $6 for the chicken or soup to the highest-priced $14 fish wraps) for the quality and serving size.

Atmosphere was friendly, clean, and authentic. If I had any caution, it would be that they keep the door open (no A/C I could see), which can get warm (but is great for the environment). Go there - and ask them what you should have. They won't disappoint you.


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Amazing food, service, and people. This family owned restaurant will fill your belly with good food and warm your heart with their genuine hospitality. I love this place and will continue to support them. Try it out!


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This is one of the very BEST restaurants I've been to, period. It is family owned/operated and they treat you like an extension of their own family. The food is exquisite! I went with someone that eats meat and he didn't even know that the pumpkin stew was vegan (you've got to try it!). I will definitely go back again and again. I can't recommend them enough!


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This restaurant is not very big, but the food is delicious. My favorite is the crispy chow fun noodles. They have so many things to choose from. Big parking space too.

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