Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Kim Loan - Fullerton

I went back to Kim Loan in Fullerton this past Sunday. It has been a while for me since I moved out of the area. I think this may be the first time I've been back since they reopened after the fire.

We ordered our usual suspects. Pho Tai, Combination Crispy Chowmein, Rice with BBQ Pork, and the Fried Salted Shrimp. The Pho was okay - not great, and as I have noted before, sweeter than most phos out there. I shared it with my family - so I had just enough to whet my appetite for the other dishes. The Chowmein was good and crispy, the sauce was nice and simple, with carrots, bok choy, squid, shrimp, beef, and broccoli. It's what I call comfort food. Haute cuisine it is not. The Rice with BBQ Pork was as good as always. Nice light char on the thin slices of pork. Sweet and smoky flavor, a nice complement to the rice and raw veggies they put on the side.

However, the standout in my opinion was the Fried Salted Shrimp which we ordered with the shell still on. I think this is important; you have to specify "WITH SHELL", or else it seems they give you smaller shrimp with the shell removed, which isn't as good and can be very greasy. Our order of the shrimp came out hot with a saucer of lemon juice for dipping. The fat shrimp had a nice light batter which wasn't too salty, and was studded with pieces of crisp fried garlic strewn throughout. Loved it!

The whole dinner was about $24 with tip.


At 3:31 PM, Blogger BuddingCook said...

i've been here at Kim Loan many of times. i use to come here for their com tam! it's yummy there. they serve huge portions. i like it. i don't go as often either since i've moved from anahiem. :)

At 7:43 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

I went again about a month ago, they are just as good. I will probably do a review with photos soon too.

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

before the fire, my family and i had a horrible experience with kim loan. we ordered the rice dish with thinly sliced beef and vegetables on the side; basically, the com tam. we opened our to-go box at home and were about to chow down when we found pieces of hair in our food. it was not 1 or 2, there were several. it was the most disgusting experience ever! the cleanliness of this place is beyond poor, and the cooks are often caught sneezing and coughing while preparing the food.


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