Eatery - Com Tam Tran Quy Cap (CA)
10522 Mcfadden Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Pricing - $ | Dining - Casual, To-Go | Cuisine - Vietnamese
One reason why it's so awesome to crave Vietnamese food in my home area is that there's a great abundance of restaurants around Garden Grove where you can get some. Why it's not awesome is because my mom can make much better. However, I can't always access that resource SO when it comes to a craving for cơm tấm, I try to find good places. This one came highly recommended on Yelp so it was worth a shot.
The complimentary fare came out quite quickly with the standard selection of Vietnamese greens for the vegetables. There were also plentiful small bowls of the fish sauce with shredded carrots. We also got a small bowl of warm broth which was just okay.
My dish was the BÁNH HỎI THỊT NƯỚNG, CHẢ GIÒ (vermicelli noodle, BBQ pork, and egg roll). The cơm tấm was going to be ordered already so why not try something different? I really enjoyed everything on top but when it came down to it, the bánh hỏi was definitely old. I mean, it was dry and tough in some areas meaning it had been out a while and most definitely not fresh. All the other stuff was great including the BBQ pork but no amount of drowning the bánh hỏi in fish sauce would make it soft enough for my liking.
Duc got the Combo 2 TÀU HỦ KY, TÔM, THỊT NƯỚNG, BÌ CHẢ (rice with fried shrimp cake, shrimp, pork, shredded pork skin, egg cake). I'll give my rating of this place a slight boost for this because it was definitely done well. Unfortunately, I found the egg cake to be quite tasteless and too cold. The fried shrimp cake had a nice touch to it in bean curd. They do their BBQ pork well here with its slight sauce, flavorful char, and thin texture. The rice was also great and overall, the entree is a dish done well. It all hit the spot so I'll come back. It was inexpensive and the guy even gave us some free tea on our way out!
Photography by Minerva Thai.