Grand Century Mall and Vietnam Town shopping centers, both on Story Road, mark the central artery of San Jose’s Vietnamese community. They are bustling one-stop emporiums for everything from tax services to beauty products. Specialty stores stock dried and pickled foods, perfumes, and pottery. Piles of shriveled squid, neon yellow mangoes, and chili-spiced jerky sit alongside statues of Buddha and tubes of moisturizer. Stalls offer bun cha, bahn mi, and pho. The surrounding neighborhood is replete with Asian grocery stores, clothing stores, and even more pho restaurants.
San Jose is America’s tenth most populous city and one of its most diverse. It has a massive Vietnamese population—larger than any city outside Vietnam.
phoやbun bo hueを食べるならサンノゼ。