I was planning to go to Hoai Hue after Kirk's comment of their Bun Bo Hue, but I was craving some Roast Duck after reading OkiHwn's most recent meal this morning..
I ended up at Tan Ky Mi Gia further down the street (in the Pho Ca Dao complex). I haven't been back in a while due to some inconsistency issues with the soup but the Roast Duck (which seem almost braised here) is usually very moist and tasty.
I usually order my Lucky No. 13 - Roast Duck Noodle Soup (
The duck had a lot of flavor as always but this day it didn't seem to have as much meat as in the past and was rather on the fatty side. But the drippings on the plate are great which always makes me wish I had a small bowl of rice with but I usually end up pouring it later in my soup. So my same RDNS ritual.. taking the particularly fatty pieces (my plate also came with the bird's fatty tail) and letting it rest in the bowl after some prodding with chopsticks to let the oils and umami out.
The amber colored soup here is usually tinged a bit green. I'll be curious to know why. In any case after a few sips I was happy that my favorite dish here was back on game and not weak like my last. The garlic chives also adds some nice flavors but it's the little fried pork CRACK-lins and fried onions that are to me what really helps out (hidden behind the steam below). I totally wished for more of them, in fact next time I'm totally going to ask..(!) :)
The curly Mi Egg Noodles took me a few tries to get used to (if I remember right I think I've had it first here) but I really enjoy them now. I think it was the very eggy part that was the hurdle. It's served really crunchy. If you ever had Bari-Kata barely cooked super al dente noodles in a Hakata Tonkotsu ramen, this texture might remind you of it. Otherwise it's probably best not to compare the bowl to a ramen for they're two completely different animals.
If TKMG stays consistent I'd be interested to eventually take my friends over to see what they think. Either way, next time extra chives, extra fried onions and extra cracklins for sho! :)
Tan Ky Mi Gia, 5237 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, CA 92115