at 1575 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, 17601-3072 United States
Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
Very authentic Vietnamese restaurant, serving one the best Pho's, as well as other soups, stir-fry, appetizers, vermicelli, as well as broken rice, fried rice, vegetarian dishes. We have large selection of menu. Family owned and operated since 2004. We use fresh and quality ingredients. Check our website for more detailed information and menu. Dine-in and carry outs available. We cater to gluten free diets, as well as other dietary needs.
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Good morning everyone! Unfortunately with the bad weather Saigon Cafe will be closed today, March 5. Please be safe in this weather if you are on the roads.
If you like spicy food, the many flavors of Vietnamese cooking may be for you. Here are some common herbs and spices used in Vietnamese cuisine: lemongrass, garlic, mint, star anise, cilantro, and ginger.
Th?t kho - caramelized pork with egg - is made with stewed pork and a delicious brown caramel sauce that permeates the white of the egg. The secret ingredient is coconut juice, which makes the meat tender and gives the sauce a delicate sweetness.
In Vietnamese cuisine, pre-meal appetizer soups are called “sup” and often do not contain noodles. These small portion sized soups are delicious and rich in seafood like crab or shrimp and may contain vegetables along with white mushrooms as well.
If you love the pungent flavor of Vietnamese fish sauce, you're not alone. Fish sauce is the main flavoring ingredient in many classic Vietnamese dishes. Care to name some other key seasoning ingredients used with fish sauce? Here are some tasty contenders: cilantro, garlic, hot peppers, and lime juice.
Saigon will be closed today, everyone. Please be safe in this weather, stay warm!
For nearly 100 years, noodle soup with beef or chicken has been one of the most popular Vietnamese dishes. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is made by simply adding broth to noodles and a meat of choice.
Vietnamese food is all about balance. Crunchy, strong-flavored ingredients are often combined with soft, lighter ones for a perfect harmony of texture and flavor. Dishes that feature ginger or hot peppers usually have cooling herbs like mint to keep everything in balance.
Did you realize ketchup originated in the orient where it began as a type of fish sauce? Some historians believe that ketchup, soy sauce, and even the fish sauces served in Vietnam may have had similar ancient origins.
Hey folks, Saigon will still be open today; however, due to the weather we will be opening at 12 noon instead. Thank you for your understanding. Please, be safe on the roads!
Elephant ear stalks are one of many unusual herbs that are used within Vietnamese cooking. The thick stems have a mild, grassy flavor while also absorbing other flavors with their spongy texture. This makes them a popular addition to soups.
French colonization had a big influence on Vietnamese cuisine. French missionaries arrived in Vietnam in the 1700s, bringing with them foods like baguettes and pate which are still present in Vietnamese dishes today. The popular soup dish pho is a combination of French meat broth and Vietnamese rice noodles.
Your next Vietnamese salad may contain fruits and vegetables -- and flowers. The practice of adding flowers to salad isn't unheard of in the West, but in Vietnamese cooking, it's an art. An unusual but delicious example is the banana flower.
Pho soup is one of the premier dishes of Vietnamese cuisine. It makes a flavorful first course with noodles in a savory, meaty broth. Food historians suggest the cooking practices of early French colonists were the inspiration for this classic soup.
Because of the Storm Warning, we will be closed for today -- Tuesday, January 21. (We attempted to open; however, the weather condition is already getting bad.) We do apologize for the inconvenience. Everyone please be safe out in the weather! Roads are already starting to get slippery.
Vietnamese cuisine is largely concerned with the number five. Meals are seen as spiritual and must correspond to one of the five senses and organs. For example, there are five different types of nutrients included in meals (protein, fat, powder, water, and minerals).
Dessert isn't a big part of traditional Vietnamese cuisine, although a sweet treat like fresh fruit, dessert soup, or sweet rice dish is sometimes served after the main meal. Tropical fruits like bananas, mangoes, and pineapple are especially popular, and tea is often served with it to round out dessert.
Vietnamese cuisine has been heavily influenced by the country's neighbors. From China to the north came noodle soups and stir-fries. Traditional Thai and Cambodian spices are popular in Vietnam's southern regions, since Thailand and Cambodia are two of the region's nearest neighbors.
There is a gentle balance to be found in Vietnamese cuisine, one that can be traced back through history to ancient Chinese philosophy. Yin and yang, in fact, is a strong consideration as each meal is seen as restoring balance and harmony through consumption.
Vietnam is made up of two massive river deltas that are separated by mountains. This geographical fact has led the Vietnamese people themselves to describe their country as two rice baskets hanging from each end of a carrying stick. The Red River Delta produces rice, and the Mekong Delta produces rice and an assortment of different vegetables.
Coffee was brought to Vietnam by the French during their occupation of the country and is now very popular there, but with a local twist. Vietnamese coffee (called "ca phe") is often served "sua da," which means it's poured over ice with an almost equal portion of sweetened, condensed milk.