Six years ago, sisters Mary and Theresa Nguyen, along with their mother, Mama Suu took Chicago by storm with their awesome Vietnamese food stall in the French Market. It was there that Saigon Sisters was born.
Earlier this week, I was jonesing for a banh mi sandwich. So, I hopped the CTA Green Line to Saigon Sisters restaurant in Chicago’s Fulton River District which is located
1/2 block from the Clinton ‘L’ stop. Dining out doesn’t get much more convenient than this, folks!
Vietnamese cuisine is my absolute favorite among all Asian fare. I find that the ingredients and flavors are wonderfully light and fresh without being too filling. Here’s how my lunch went down:
The menu at Saigon Sisters has several, pho, spring rolls, bao, salads, entrees and banh mi sandwiches. I knew from the start that I wanted the caramelized shrimp banh mi. Since it was so cold out that day, I added a 1/2 bowl of tofu pho to start. Excellent choice!
This pho hit my table steaming hot (as it should be!). The tofu was cooked to perfection, just firm enough. The broth was really flavorful and not at all too salty. The carrots and other veggies were al dente (hooray!). The accompanying bean sprouts and jalapeños were fresh and crunchy. The Nguyen family knows what’s up 🙂
Take a gander at my fabulous banh mi!
The bread at Saigon Sisters is top notch. It’s nice and chewy on the inside and very crunchy on the outside. The generous amount of shrimp in this banh mi were super sweet with great caramelization. This sandwich left me feeling really happy and healthy 🙂
The space at Saigon Sisters restaurant on Lake St. is small but very cozy. I think it is one of the most charming spots in Chicago. Strangely, I have never been here for dinner but I will correct that oversight soon. The dinner menu is more extensive than the lunch menu. I really want to try the BBQ eggplant as well as the baby octopus. In the meantime, I got my consistently wonderful banh mi and pho fix that day.
Saigon Sisters is located at 567 W. Lake St. It is open Monday – Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday dinner only. They also have their original lunch stall 1 block away at Chicago French Market, as well as a new location at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Galter Pavilion). Click here for more information.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Green or Pink Lines to Saigon Sisters. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!
Looking for other great banh mi in Chicago? Check out Ba Le in Uptown.