San Jose for Broken Rice Plates

I just finished dinner at Com Tam Dat Thanh (CTDT) a Vietnamese restaurant in San Jose. I am writing this post in the passenger seat while my friend drives us back home to Oakland. 20140323-220411.jpgIt was our first time to CTDT. My friend picked the place based on the name. Com Tam means broken rice and that was what she was craving. I seldom get to eat broken rice. Broken rice refers to rice that is damaged in the milling process. I was game to give it a try.

My friend ordered a salted plum drink with club soda. Salt in a drink is pretty unusual unless it is on the rim of a glass. It is different and takes an acquired taste, so it is not for everyone.
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We both ordered similar rice plates. My plate came with BBQ pork, BBQ shrimp, shrimp cake, picked vegetables, and broken rice. Our plates also came with a small bowl of tasty broth.
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Everything was good, but the pork and shrimp cake were especially outstanding. The grilled pork was tender and very flavorful. This was my first time I had shrimp cake prepared like this. Bean curd is wrapped around a molded shrimp paste and deep fried. It was delicious especially after dipping it into some fish sauce. I like how every table gets a large bottle of fish sauce.
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When in San Jose, I would return to CTDT for inexpensive Vietnamese fare.

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