Another jewel in the tarnished strip mall crown that houses San Jose's anonymous culinary gems. Thanh Hien is a business run by women who are friendly and indulgent of their clients' playfulness.
The salted crab is presented whole with the carapace detached for easy access to the disarticulated legs and apron. The edible portions are draped with sauteed roe, scallions and jalepeno chiles. The cooking process softens the shells sufficiently to make meat liberation relatively painless which is good since the flavor of the crabmeat and condiments together are rich and deep. The saltiness is not overpowering but adds a gentle kick to the somewhat delicate native flavor of the crab.
Also tried were grilled beef and onion bun which was delicious. The vermicelli noodles were carefully folded
into the bottom of the bowl, adorned with coloful carrots and greens and the meat was grilled to a perfect tenderness that rendered cutting utensils
Business seemed slow perhaps because of the downturn.
Which is sad becasue the food was near perfect. Also you can check out the wonderful Vietnamese bakery right next door that also makes to order sandwiches.
2345 Mckee Road
San Jose, CA