EATERY OF THE WEEK

Vietnamese food is healthy and delicious at The Saigon Cafè

May 11, 2011 

  • The Saigon Cafè
    1304 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton
    (Near The Salvation Army Store)
    Tel. (843) 837-1800
    Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    CHEF’S CHOICE

    Pho and other Vietnamese soups
    $6.95 - $8.95
    Spring rolls appetizer $3.75
    Vietnamese pancake $5.95

By using fresh herbs, lean meats and spices to achieve distinctive flavors, Vietnamese food is one of the world's healthiest cuisines. To enjoy dishes that will fill and nourish you without being heavy, have lunch or dinner at Saigon Cafè in Bluffton, on Fording Island Road near Malphrus Road.

Seasoned by delicate fish sauce, garlic, shallots, lemon grass, mint, cilantro and Thai basil leaves, the soups, appetizers and entrees at Saigon Cafe are long on flavor and short on calories. The entrees include a choice of grilled chicken, pork, or shrimp, served with jasmine rice or vermicelli. The Vietnamese also have a strong vegetarian tradition influenced by Buddhist values.

The condiments and garnishes that accompany all meals- including mint leaves, bean sprouts and lime wedges- are colorful and arranged in an eye-pleasing manner. Many entrees are served with chopped egg rolls, crushed roasted peanuts on top and fresh bean sprouts on the side.

Saigon Cafe's owner Kevin Phan learned the restaurant business at his family's Vietnamese eatery in Atlanta, and he employs family members in the kitchen in his Bluffton restaurant. The family is from Saigon, and their food reflects the culinary style of the country's southern region including Vietnam's capital.

Southern Vietnam also has been influenced by international cuisines including Chinese, Indian, French, and Thai. The French introduced baguettes to the country. Stuffed with Vietnamese ingredients, these sandwiches are a popular fast food in Vietnam called b

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