Five hounds met for lunch today at Kim Thanh on Geary Street with crab on our agenda. None of us had eaten there before but somehow we managed to score 100% on our menu choices. Every item was a winner.
Deep Fried Frog with Butter
Salt Baked Crab with Butter
Crab with Ginger and Green Onion
Pea Sprouts with Garlic Sauce
The number of Chinese dishes on the menu suggests that Kim Thanh is run by ethnic Chinese from Vietnam though we did not confirm that. The menu indicates with a star which dishes are Vietnamese. The frog, salted crab and charbroiled pork were listed as Vietnamese and I believe we were told the noodles (not on the menu) were also Vietnamese style. The nice older gentleman who served us was very attentive and patient in answering our many questions. He provided two large bowls for dumping crab shells, two large finger bowls, ample extra napkins and crab crackers for all five of us. The décor was pleasant and functional.
These folks really know how to fry. There was a special crispy goodness in almost every dish. The charbroiled pork had a wonderful crispy caramelized coating and was very nicely spiced. The frog also had a great crispy coating and plenty of meat. With both these dishes after the meat was gone we eagerly cleaned the serving plate of the remaining little crispy bits of coating, garlic, onion and peppers. Most of the remaining sauce in the ginger and green onion crab ended up being consumed on rice. From the way we cleaned all traces of food off the plates it might have appeared we didn’t order enough but the actual reason was it just tasted too good to let any bit go to waste.
Prices were very reasonable. The crabs were $26.95 each and we paid $24 per person including tip.
607 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102