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.