Restaurant: Tram Chim Fresh Seafood
Location: 9455 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683. (714) 717-6885
Date: June 22, 2022
Rating: Swimming in tanks!
No parental visit would be complete without a trip down to the OC for some awesome Vietnamese.
Tram Chim has a typical looking frontage.
Big “pseudo fancy” room.
Creatures in the tanks.
They sell all sorts of stuff too.
Phonebook sized menu. Check!
Sauces. It should be noted that the room “reeked” of shrimp paste. Very funky smell.
Vietnamese snails with garlic and butter. Pretty tasty, if chewy.
Large grilled scallops with flying fish eggs. Solid.
Live Santa Barbara Spot Prawns with Tamarind Sauce. Goopy and sweet, but a decent balance of acidity, so a pretty tasty sauce. Possibly the prawns were a tiny bit over cooked.
Free exotic fruit.
Tram Chim was way too hardcore for some of our party. The fermented shrimp paste factor alone — not to mention the whole in-shell creatures — was too much. The food was tasty though as I’m a fermented fan. So I’d rate it as “authentic good.”