Recently the family and I went to Que Huong to feast on hard-to-find protein dishes like wild boar meat, quail, goat and more. I’ve been to Que Huong a few times (you can read about it here, here and here), and have always enjoyed their food, especially the addictive fish sauce wings.
The dining space is quite large, perfect for a big group.
Each person in our group chose a dish:
I had this really good papaya salad on one visit, though I can never find it on the menu. I asked about it and the waiter told me that they didn’t have papaya that night but they could make a mango one. The mangoes are tart, so don’t expect a sweet salad. The spicy sweet sauce is what makes the salad stand out though. Everyone at the table seemed to enjoy this one and it was gone in no time.
Fish sauce wings
The wings are crispy and glazed with fish sauce. They have other types of glazes as well, but our favorite is the fish sauce wings. We even ordered them for Superbowl Sunday this year.
There was a light sweet glaze on the quail and I was happy to see the quail was actually quite meaty.
Crab with tamarind sauce
The owner told us they were having a party later on that night and had to order a tank full of live crabs so that night they were doing a special for $19.99. The crab was pretty big, about 2 lbs. It was enough for everyone to get their hands dirty.
I really enjoy the coconut curry that they make here and have liked almost any protein they put in it. The goat was tender and actually not very gamey.
Clams with basil sauce
Grilled wild boar meat
Finally, the piece de resistance.This was the last dish we were served as it took up some room and prep. First came the raw ingredients, then out came the grill. Thin slices of wild boar meat filled one plate. A second plate contains all the ingredients to add to your spring roll.
Here is the plate of spring roll wrappers. A hot bowl of water is provided as well. To make the spring rolls, you quickly run the hard rice paper through the water to soften. Place it on your plate, add in your desired ingredients and sauce and then roll it up. This was fun though none of us were able to make a spring roll pretty enough to be presented.
FH and I had briefly met the owner during our second trip to Que Huong. And to our surprise, he still remembered us! In fact, his memory was really good. He remembered my name (which I don’t even recall telling him), told me he had read my post (I also don’t remember telling him about my blog), and remembered a lot of the dishes we had ordered the night we met.
To end our meal, he presented us with a complimentary dessert: strawberries drizzled with chocolate sauce.
We had a good time here and liked trying all the dishes.
Mmm-yoso’s posts on Que Huong can be found here.
Que Huong Restaurant
4134 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92105