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authentic vietnamese

the best in portland


Affordable Eats, Delicious Taste!

ARTICLE SNIPPET by andrea damewood

For some obsessives, the day you finally try that last rotating daily soup from Southeast Portland's legendary Ha & VL is akin to what a vinyl nerd must feel when she locates the first stereo pressing of the Beatles' "Please Please Me"—rich and proud. But then, it's followed by existential emptiness: What's next?

Rejoice! The original owners of Ha & VL, Ha Luu and William Vuong have returned to the game with a 4 pm to whenever-they-sell-out soup spot. There are many Ha & VL favorites ($9.50 each), like Monday's shrimp cake noodle soup that contains multitudes, and the fantastic Vietnamese turmeric yellow noodle soup, available on Saturdays. (Don't try to get soup on a Tuesday at either restaurant. That is the day of soup rest.)

Collectors will be there for new rarities: Sunday and Monday's fish noodle soup—now with a tom yum-inspired broth—all tartness and pop with fish cakes, white fish fillets, tomato, pork, and vermicelli noodles. VL special noodle soup is an inspired kitchen sink of ingredients: shrimp, fish balls, ground pork, sliced pork liver, and sliced barbeque pork with rice noodles and (moar!) pork broth on the side. There are also banh mi and even a few rice-based daily specials. They're good, but you know why you're really there: soooouuuppp.



(503) 206-4344



6424 SE Powell Blvd,
Portland, OR 97206



Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm
Sun: closed