Saigon – Wichita KS (Free Pho is Good Pho)

21 Dec

Once again I found myself on Broadway, this time just north of Central at the iconic Saigon. Saigon is a Vietnamese  and Asian restaurant that has been in Wichita for quite awhile. Don’t be confused with the restaurant that is just a block down the street. That place is called Little Saigon and if you aren’t paying attention you might just go there by mistake. Although I hear it has good food as well so it wouldn’t be that big of a problem.

The one constant about Saigon is their speed of service. You can go in there in the middle of the lunch time rush and you will probably only have to wait about 10 minutes for your food. Saigon has a medium sized dining room that is adorned with a large TV(pretty much inevitable in today’s restaurant world), as well as some nice ethnic decorations.

On this trip to Saigon I went with a couple of friends for some nice hot pho (Please see the Pho Hot Bistro entry if you would like the correct pronunciation of Pho as well as a detailed explanation of what exactly Pho is) . Pho is one of my favorite cold weather foods. The combination of the hot broth, meat, noodles, cilantro, fish sauce, jalapenos, and rooster sauce really lights a fire in my stomach. I ordered the sliced beef and meatball pho and was not disappointed. The broth was full flavored and while the “meatballs” were a bit different from what I was expecting they were none the less good. I would say that this pho was a bit better than Pho Hot’s pho.  Besides pho, Saigon offers a huge menu of Vietnamese as well as classic Chinese dishes.  This menu allows you to be as adventurous as you would like. If you cannot handle of deliciousness of a Vietnamese noddle bowl you can stick to some sesame chicken and rice. To top off our visit to Saigon my dear friend paid for my bowl of pho, can you believe that? For the purpose of complete disclosure I must mention that I did give my old smoker to him, so he was not really doing this out of the goodness of his heart. Although I will take what I can get.

The only part of this meal that disagreed with me was my ironic and rather insulting fortune cookie. As I recall , it read something to the effect of, “A change in your exercise routine is needed”. I kid you not. So now fortune cookies insult you? I fail to understand why this message is needed when you are eating a cookie! I think Saigon may want to filter some of these messages, because eventually the wrong person will unwrap this little jewel and there will be hell to pay.

The message of the day is: Go to Saigon for some great Pho and surly fortunes.

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6 Responses to “Saigon – Wichita KS (Free Pho is Good Pho)”

  1. Sarah December 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    I love Saigon! The spring rolls are fantastic. MMMmmm…..a sudden craving. Better head there for lunch today!

  2. LovingPho December 27, 2010 at 4:51 am #

    I’d say do away with the fortune cookies. They’re for Chinese restaurants catering to Americans anyway and have no place in Viet restaurants. With respect to Little Saigon as the name: Little Saigon is a name loved by all Vietnamese living outside of Vietnam. It was created in many communities of Viet people to represent a smaller version of their old beloved city. You’ll find Little Saigons in many American cities in California, Washington, Texas and elsewhere. It not deceptive marketing.

    • chainfreeeating December 28, 2010 at 2:59 am #

      Thanks for the information about Little Saigon-we didn’t know it was such a popular name. Glad to see we have a new reader as well!

  3. Dwight November 7, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Yes Saigon is good. Been eating there for years. But before you dump all over Little Saigon down the street, you should try it. It is also quite good. Possibly better. And leave the good places where they belong. The chains, like pee wee and pf chiang can hang out out there.

  4. Jessica May 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Little Saigon is wonderful! Formerly it was known as Kim Huong; new owners changed the name, and I think Little Saigon is lovely and keeps with tradition.
    I highly recommend Little Saigon for its extensive menu of well-prepared and flavorful food. I especially recommend the “Combination Pot” – bring friends for this dish, as it will feed a family of four easily! Presented as a broth in a pot on a portable gas heater (you can control the temp!), with a plate each of vegetables and meats to be submerged into the bubbly broth as your tastebuds desire.
    I highly encourage you also to refrain from passing judgment on establishments of which you have not been a patron. A name makes little difference when it comes to the edibility of cuisine.

    • chainfreeeating May 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      Thanks for the LITTLE Saigon tip! I have heard good things about that place and need to check it out. I was just having a bit of fun with the name similarities, I have not judged them simply on the name.

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