Com Tam Thuan Kieu (San Diego):
The dry cleaner lady told me that Thuan Kieu had changed the recipe of the Bun Mam here, probably my favorite dish at this restaurant. It made me a bit worried as I actually enjoy it....but she did say it was even better now and the cooking was more polished. So I just had to see for myself.
It's still priced well at $7.50. The portion size is fairly large.........
First thing I noticed was that this wasn't quite as funky and the previous version. It also was a tad sweeter and more tangy. The flavor is still a "umami bomb". I think they've cut back on the fermented shrimp sauce and added a bit more tomato. It was also a bit more spicy than I recalled....or perhaps my tolerance is bottoming out?
I didn't like the way they prepared the bun, it was "water-logged", H2O still dripping off the noodles which were also over-cooked.
There were two thinner cross slices of fish, rather than one. And a whole lot more pork belly that I recalled. The eggplant was very tender, almost buttery. This was also a bit of a change since it was usually a bit undercooked.
And I guess that whole funkiness issue is relative as well. For the two women who stopped and sniffed the air and the one kid who actually whiffed his armpits when I walked past you at Nijiya after my meal. It was just me....'ol Mam Tom breath..........
Com Tam Thuan Kieu
4712 El Cajon Blvd Ste A
San Diego, CA 92115
Sab E Lee 2:
Man, I think it's been almost two years since I've eaten here. The Missus has gone with Her friends, but I've just been too darn lazy.....terrible excuse, I know. The weather this past weekend just seemed right for Thai and the Missus was craving the Signature Fish.
Nice to see that not much has changed.
The Signature Fish was nice and crisp.....
The Shrimp Plaa was nice and refreshing. Though thinking my heat tolerance had gone down a bit I only ordered a '7' which was too mild. I'll bump it up next time.
Of course, we had garlic rice as well.
Overall, this was a nice light meal....well, perhaps my breath wasn't that great after chowing down that rice.....hey, I guess there is a tie in between these two meals, huh? Not that I'm especially proud of noticing it.......
Sab E Lee 2
9159 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071