Cha Siu @ Huong Lan #1, San Jose
Until recently, my experience with Huong Lan Sandwich has been limited to the Newark location from my days of working in Fremont. Now I've stopped at Huong Lan's original branch on Tully Road near the Lion shopping complex to renew my acquaintance, and these are still my favorite banh mi. Different at #1 though is a Cantonese-style barbecue stand with hanging ducks and the usual suspects, plus some more Viet centered steam table items. My mom bought some of the cha siu (barbecue pork) by the pound and we liked it very much. Not fatty, but still tender and full of flavor. Not surprising, as the bbq pork sandwich is one of our favorite options here. I'm wondering if 'hounds have tried any of the other barbecue and roasted meats here.
Huong Lan Sandwiches
1655 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
Not barbecue or roasted meats but the chicken gizzards (I forget what gai yun are in English) are an incredible deal. $2.50 for a substantial portion of marinated, cooked gizzards - at least a pound. Definitely hard to find in SF for that price nowadays. My dad says they are going for at least $3-4 a pound.
They have other prepackaged lo sui marinated items on the weekends.
Also my favorite banh mi in the area. =)
Hey manda, thanks, that sounds so good. I know that Newark doesn't, but I'm wondering if the other branches of Huong Lan have bbq stands like this.
Also wanted to mention that the banh mi from here hold up well overnight. Just pop 'em in the toaster oven to heat and crisp up the bun, and they're just about as good as freshly made.
We've been working our way through the offerings, and at this point, I think the char siu is the best of the lot. The roast pig was also good.
The steamed chicken was pretty good, but the skin was not as firm as it should be. Also, it comes with green onion oil rather than the ginger paste that we prefer. The soy sauce duck is pretty good too, however, the fat is not as rendered out of the skin as better versions. What also detracted from the quality of both of these is that the counter man did such a poor job of chopping them. His cuts almost seemed random, missing the joints, splintering bones, pieces of random sizes, then not laying them out well in the box. Tried the bbq chicken legs too, two large legs for $2.50, but the meat was so dry.
I saw packages of mixed chicken gizzards, liver and hearts for $2.50. Yes, it is a good deal for that price. Have you seen just the gizzards or are they always a mix? I'm asking because I'd prefer to not have the liver.