Chicken Rice (Com Ga) from Bird's Eye Vietnamese
While looking around at all the lunch options available at the Winter Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg this past weekend, I was drawn to Bird's Eye Vietnamese. I'm always eager to try something new, and I'm definitely not as familiar with Vietnamese food as I am with some other cuisines. I ordered the Com Ga ($11), which is basically chicken rice, with fresh sliced chicken, ginger fish sauce, herb aioli, cured egg yolk, Vietnamese herbs & pickled vegetables. Chicken rice sounds like a simple dish, but Com Ga is deceiving in this regard. It is anything but simple, with complex flavors making this one tasty meal.
Bird's Eye Vietnamese is new to the NYC food scene, debuting their delicious creations in November of last year. I was very impressed with my dish: the chicken was tender and of a high quality and the ginger fish sauce and herb aioli added a fantastic depth to the meal.
I had never tried cured egg yolk before, and didn't really know what to expect. The yolks are cured for at least 24 hours in the fridge, and then are completely dried out in a low temperature oven, so they can then be grated (much like cheese). The curing and drying process concentrates all the rich, wonderful flavor of the yolks. Wow, what a flavor punch! It's safe to say, I really loved this dish, and managed to eat up every last morsel (and it was a decent sized serving). I look forward to trying out more of Bird's Eye's creations in the near future.
Bird's Eye Vietnamese: Winter Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg: 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York, 11243