Here are a bunch of revisits for you.......
Since I first posted on this place right after their opening in September, I've been back a couple of times. I really hadn't bothered to take any photos until a recent visit with some friends. This visit clearly shows what I think the "state of Fu An's" is.
First, I've always gotten very friendly service, the folks here seem really nice. The food on the other hand has been uneven.
The batter on Shrimp with Exploding Pepper was on the soft and gummy side. It also strangely lacked spice.
The Fried Intestines with Dried Red Pepper, one of my favorite dishes here was nicely fried, but again, really lacked the "ma", the numbing hot that makes this dish so addictive.
As with previous visits; it's the Steamed Fish Filet with Green Onions and Chopped Chilies was the best item we had.
Though it too seemed a bit mild with regards to heat.
Strange, the diners who accompanied me were both Chinese, one of whom worked for a short while at Ba Ren and we had asked for spicy. But this came up a bit short. Kind of sad really. We have a good amount of Sichuan restaurants in San Diego, but none seems to take the lead with regards to the whole "suan-tian-ku-mala-xian" and top notch technique. I was hoping that Fu An would step up.
Fu An Garden
4768 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
777 Noodle House:
It's really hard to argue with the prices here. The food itself can be quite good.
The Missus' favorite here is still the Tod Mun Pla. It has a very distinct Kaffir Lime Leaf flavor.
She actually prefers the version here to what the Original Sab E Lee serves.
I've noticed that they've started adding more sour vegetable over the years and making this a bit more spicy. I'm not complaining.
The place also makes a decent, old school, "count every grain" of fried rice.
I've found the beef to be tough and the chicken to be somewhat suspect, so we stick with the shrimp version.
777 Noodle House
4686 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
Song Long (Westminster):
Last year, FOY (Friend of Yoso) Kha, recommended Song Long to us for Cha Ca. And he wasn't kidding. We were recently in the area again and on a whim decided to drop by.
Man, the mam nem here is pretty heady....it's delicious, the Missus can practically drink the stuff, but man, it really is the gift that keeps on giving, as that aftertaste will stay with you for a while.
In what was a funny little vignette, a couple minutes after the greens and bun arrived, I think the guy working realized we weren't Vietnamese and brought over a bowl of nouc mam cham....we had been "gringo'ed!"
When the Cha Ca arrived I sat in awe......this looked way better than what we had last time. It was also delicious.
From the wonderful sweet and savory sauteed shallots, to the wonderful dill, moving to the moist and flavorful fish....not to mention the wilted scallions, this was quite good.
Needless to say, we're thinking about returning again soon....I hope it's always this good!
Song Long Restaurant
9361 Bolsa Ave Suite 108
Westminster, CA 92683