Monday, October 23, 2017

Video of Quan Hy - Westminster

I've written about Quan Hy many times before. Here I show you a live action video of my most recent visit as I eat three of of my favorite dishes: the banh beo, the goi mit, and the xoi ga.

An order of banh beo comes in eight single serving shots, arranged in a tic-tac-toe grid on a square dish. Holding the center square is a bowl of sauce with floating rounds of diced Thai chilis. To eat a banh beo, you splash on a few drops of the golden sauce, then scoop out the steamed rice cake as you would a cup of dessert gelatin. The opaque white substance is not unlike a very dense rice noodle, with a clean, light, and firm texture which is not at all starchy or pasty.

Goi mit is jackfruit salad with bits of shrimp and diced pork. There's a tart dressing to cut through it all, but also herbs such as lemongrass and snips of basil. The light-as-air rice crackers that surround the salad functions as both crouton and scoop.

Xoi ga, contrary to the menu description, isn't "shredded" chicken. It is a whole chicken thigh compressed and fried till the skin crackles like a chip. The flavor in the meat is concentrated through and through, an aromatic marinade that tastes like what's used in traditional Vietnamese fried chicken called ga chien. On the side is sweet rice, formed into rectangles and deep-fried to the shape of French toast stick: an oily crunch leading to a soft chewy center.

Before The Loop got all the attention, Quan Hy restaurant was the king of the T&K Food Plaza on Bolsa. In my opinion, it still is.

Quan Hy Restaurant
(714) 775-7179
9727 Bolsa Ave
Westminster, CA 92683

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At 10:44 AM, Blogger dumplings said...

My girlfriend introduced me to Ngu Binh (Magnolia/Westminster). They serve great banh beo too. Comes with shrimp/crab crackers on top! Need to visit Quan Hy again.

At 6:28 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Ngu Binh is wonderful! And cheaper than Quan Hy to, if I remember correctly! Thanks for the reminder that I also need to visit Ngu Binh again!


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