Day five. It is National Doughnut Day according to Kat of Our Adventures in Japan but we have here a Goi Sua Tom Thit (Shrimp, Pork and Jellyfish Salad) from Phuong Trang.
After my delicious Pork and Shrimp Jack Fruit Salad experience at Que Huong lunching with the Kirk last year I've been curious in trying other variations of Vietnamese Goi. Inquiring about possible other spots in SD I could try, of the list of places one of the mentions with possible potential was PT's Shrimp and Jellyfish Salad. I could sense it was a while since the meister had visited but I happened to be nearby (and due for a meal in my belly) during the last three-day weekend and decided to drop in. I was glad! :)
The veggie portion of ingredients consisted of shredded Green Papaya, Carrots, Cucumber, Celery, fresh Mint and were dressed on the conservative side with Nuoc Mam fish sauce.
Accompanied with some blush pink Shrimp Chips. I love how you can hear them crackle the moment it touches anything with moisture. Fun, but also tasty. The salad's fresh shrimps were split in half lengthwise and texturally went perfectly with the also thin sliced pork, crunchy dried jellyfish and crushed roasted Peanuts.
Really glad this gave me an opportunity to revisit because while I only had a so-so experience in the past with their Pho (only recommended to folks who like to liberally dowse theirs with Hoisin and Sriracha) I always intended in coming back to try other dishes. So here I share, and thanks Kirk, I'm glad I tried it! Really enjoyed the salad. And it's nice to know there are many more Goi out in the sea to further check out... ;)
Phoung Trang menu here.
Phuong Trang Restaurant, 4170 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111