Located in Santa Ana, Tan Cang is a classic seafood restaurant and home to the most epic dish in all of Little Saigon - the Newport Special Lobster. There are restaurants all over Orange County trying to imitate this dish, but Tan Cang is the originator (it’s been open since 1988) and the best. The gigantic platter of lobster comes spiced and sauced in a secret combination that they probably keep locked in an air-tight safe, but just know it’s going to be one of the best plates of seafood you’ve ever eaten. Ordering noodles underneath might seem like overkill, but it’s a good change of texture and the way the noodles soak up the sauce from the lobster is a borderline spiritual experience. Bring as many friends as you can.
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