Surprise at Phuong Trang (SD)- Beef wrapped in Caul Fat
Otherwise known as bo cuon mo chai. I know the dish has a few fans on this board, so I thought I'd share that Phuong Trang's version is pretty awesome. The portions are generous, the "tubes" are moist and richly flavored, and there's plenty of greens served with them. Pickled carrots/daikon, fresh cucumber, and pineapple chunks accompany the generous heap of green leaf lettuce, mint, and cilantro. They sporadically include Vietnamese perilla, but definitely ask for it if it's not already provided. $9.50 for the dish, so it's a decent price.
For a picture, check out the ol' blog (it's at the bottom of the post):
And the resto's website:
Phuong Trang Restaurant
4170 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
So, geekyfoodie, I've had a hard time getting this dish out of my mind since our chowdown at Phuong Trang recently...even though we were there for the whole roasted catfish, this dish was the real revelation for me.
Where else can I try other tasty treats wrapped in caul fat? It looks like Saigon is one possibility. Is it always beef?
(Looking forward to seeing your photos of that dazzling fish.)