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Review: Com Ga Houston

May 22, 2010

Keeping up with new restaurants in Asiatown Bellaire is signficantly more difficult than keeping up with the Kardashians.  Admittedly, I’ve been a bit distracted these last few 9 months and 22 days.  So I missed it when Choi’s Chinese BBQ in the Hong Kong stripper mall (my dad’s terminology, not mine) turned into Com Ga Houston.  We sampled some of their best fare today – chicken and rice hai nam, chicken goi (salad) with banana blossoms and Mien Ga (glass noodle soup with chicken).  It was a chicken extravaganza, but chicken is their specialty afterall.  You wouldn’t go to Chik-fil-a and order a burger, would you?  Especially on a Sunday.  Everybody knows Chik-fil-a is closed on Sundays.  And if you didn’t, ten minutes of yelling at the drive-through speaker will clue you in.  Not that I’ve ever done that.  Recently. 

So the star of each dish did not disappoint.  They use free-range chicken for a more robust meat texture and the chicken is steamed to lock in the moisture.  By far, my favorite dish was the chicken salad with banana blossoms.   The thinly sliced blossoms were crisp little ribbons with a mild flavor reminiscent of carrots.  We sprinkled a sauce of vinegar and sugar on top and dipped the chicken in the thick ginger-garlic fish sauce.  The sauce was overly salty but easily tamed by delicate dipping.  I typically get bored halfway through most salad entrees, but this one kept me engaged with bits of fried onions, crushed peanuts, thinly sliced red onions and rau ram (a Vietnamese herb with a lemony cilantro flavor).  We polished off three servings of salad and we would have been satisfied if we stopped there.  But, of course, we didn’t.  The Mien Ga was one of the better ones we’ve had in Houston.  Nothing compares to the Mien Ga at Thanh Binh in Saigon (it still haunts my dreams), but this one will tame the beast when I’m craving it. 

We will definitely return to Com Ga Houston.  I heard the noodle soup with duck and bamboo is divine and it comes with a side salad of duck and cabbage.  Now, if only they delivered inside the loop…

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One Comment
  1. damn, girl, it’s not nice to post these things for folks like me, living in vietnamese-free, practically asian-free land. i wouldn’t care if you posted about tamales or tacos, but this?! you’re just cruel.

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