After our initial visit to the Rancho Penosquitos Sab-E-Lee location, DH and I really wanted to make our way back.
We finally got a chance to a few weeks ago, enjoying a pleasant but also tongue-numbing spicy meal.
We arrived during the early dinner hours to find the place already completely packed and quite a few people waiting for tables. We ended up waiting a good 30 minutes before finally being seated.
By the time we were seated, we were starving and ordered quite a bit for our party of three. Last time I had been here, we had ordered a spice level of 3 and it seemed manageable. So we went that route again. Unfortunately, this time it was much too hot. I know that they are heavy handed on their spice level, but I wish they would be more consistent.
Having always gotten the papaya salad, we decided to mix it up and try the beef salad. This ended up being the least spicy of our dishes and I kept coming back to it for some relief.
I love how the beef arrives barely cooked, and the spices and acid actually finish cooking the beef. I still prefer their papaya salad thought.
Salted Fish Fried Rice
I really enjoyed this one. The entire dish had a strong flavor of the fermented fish. DH didn’t particularly care for salted fish so he didn’t really enjoy this one. Unfortunately, this was also one of the spiciest ones, so I had trouble eating a lot of it.
This is always one of my favorites and the wide flat noodles were cooked just right. It was also one of the spiciest dishes of the night so I couldn’t take more than two bites without turning to my water.
Pad See Ew
Apparently DH was really craving carbs because he insisted on ordering all his carb favorites. Our entire meal other than the beef salad had rice or noodles, which of course he ate with more rice.
Mango with Sticky Rice
For dessert, we got the mango sticky rice. I can never resist ordering this dessert when it’s on the menu. I love the sweet sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and paired with slices of ripe mango.
We ended up leaving with quite a bit of leftovers because of how spicy everything was. Lesson learned. To air on the side of caution, we’re going with a level 1 from now on.
13223-2 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92129