Got some takeout from Com Tam Thien Huong on Senter Road from San Jose today. Their menu is divided into mostly the pho and com tam sections. I got:
^^^ Nem nuong cuon- grilled pork roll
^^^ Com tam 1: Thit nuong, Tau hu ky- Broken rice with bbq pork, fried shrimp cake
^^^ Com tam 2: Bi, Cha, Chao tom- Broken rice with shredded pork skin, egg cake, grilled shrimp on sugarcane
The broken rice section basically is a variety of combinations of a few components, like bbq pork and egg cake. Of all the choices I got, the fried shrimp cake and the egg cake stood out for me. The egg cake has some tofu, wood ear, minced pork, and cellophane noodles with a very thin layer of egg on top. its a bit similar to the fake chicken from Chùa Giác Minh except obviously its not vegetarian. The fried shrimp cake was also quite good, and its better than the grilled shrimp on sugarcane.
The shrimp with sugarcane was interesting to me as I could eat the shrimp cake wrapped around the sugarcane then chew on the sugarcane to get the cane juice out. (Yes you’ll have to spit out the cane fibers afterwards).
^^^ The grilled pork roll was fresh and delicious when eaten with the accompanying chili sauce and fish sauce.
Good option for com tam in San Jose, and good value at ~$30 for two.
2859 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95111