A friend of mine asked me if I’d ever experienced a food that was like “food crack” — instantly addicting. When I said “no,” she invited me to meet her at Kim Tran and try the spring rolls — warning me that we would have to get separate orders of spring rolls, because she couldn’t share hers with anyone.
I was intrigued, so off to Kim Tran we went. Kim Tran has been in business almost 30 years in the Ft. Sam Houston area, and we dined at their newish location in a strip mall on Rittiman Road, near the intersection with Harry Wurzbach. We arrived at 5:30 on a Monday evening, and there were already a couple of tables of diners enjoying — yes — the spring rolls, and more.
So we ordered the spring rolls to start, of course. I have had terrific Vietnamese spring rolls on several occasions, but these rolls were exceptional.
Crisp wrappers were stuffed with ground meat and veggies, and served with lettuce, cilantro and traditional Vietnamese fish dipping sauce.
These spring rolls were absolutely wonderful. Crunchy, flavorful, and perfect — maybe not “addicting” — but pretty darn close.
We also each ordered a noodle bowl.
The first bowl is the sauteed beef noodle bowl, with tender beef and onions; the second is the shish-ka-bob beef bowl, To my eye, the main difference was the lack of onions with the beef. The noodles were perfectly cooked, and the chopped veggies and peanuts — with the aid of the fish sauce — made the bowls a real treat.
I plan to visit Kim Tran’s again very soon. The menu is a blend of Chinese and Vietnamese offerings, but I agree with my friend — the spring rolls are the star dish.
Kim Tran is located at 1015 Rittiman Rd, Ste 107.