Hot beef Pho, Vietnamese spring rolls & warm toasted baguettes- these mouthwatering dishes have gradually captured the hearts of Singaporean foodies over time. As more Vietnamese restaurants gradually sprout up, we go in search of an authentic Vietnamese food experience!
Saigon Baguette is a family friendly restaurant that serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine. The Vietnamese owner, Selena Truong, shares that the food served come from original, authentic recipes that were passed down to her from her grandmother. The dishes therefore have a homely, familiar taste, which is especially comforting for Singapore based Vietnamese.
When you talk about Vietnamese food, one of the first few dishes Singaporeans think about is pho. Pronounced “fuh”, pho is similar to the Singaporean “kuay-tiao soup”, but a little thicker and smoother. Pho is known for its soup- here at Saigon Baguette the beef broth is flavourful, tasty and mildly sweet- it’s something you’ll want to keep slurping. The Pho Beef Combination comes with beef steak slices, chewy beef balls, beef shank, beef brisket and bean sprouts. You also have a side dish of fresh bean sprouts, peppermint and basil leaves to add into this dish.
Vietnamese use sauces to complete dishes- for Pho, we have a mix of chilli, black bean paste, and shrimp paste. How you eat the sauces is completely up to you. Traditionally you can dip the meat into the sauce dish, but some people also like to tip the entire sauce contents into the bowl and mix it in.
The fried Spring Roll is a delightful crispy dish with chewy ingredients such as black fungus and crab meat. We loved every crunch- make sure to dip it into the accompanying clear fish sauce for the best flavour. The Summer Roll is made up of fresh herbs,rice vermicelli, grilled pork, prawns and bean sprouts, all rolled into rice crepe paper, and dipped into a thicker black bean sauce. Refreshing and healthy!
The next dish was a hit at our table- enter a very mouth-watering fragrant plate of Fried Chicken Wings! The crispy chicken wings are coated with sticky fish sauce, and tastes both savoury and sweet at the same time. A good choice to order for sharing with friends or family!
Next, we tried the Mix Baguette (Thap Cam Banh Mi), which mainly consisted of layers of pork belly, pork floss, liver paste, Cha Lua and many vegetables. Once a French colony, baguettes are like our daily sliced bread to the Vietnamese. Baguettes are a common sight in Vietnam, and are often eaten with tasty ingredients sandwiched in between.
We found that the meat flavour lingered in our throat, and liked the slightly sour and tangy taste and fresh herbs. However, if you are not used to the liver paste taste, you might also find the flavour disconcerting at first. ‘Safer’ combinations include the Cream Cheese & Sugar Baguette, amongst others.
This dish is a typical breakfast for a Vietnamese. The highlight is the yellow crab pie which is soft and sweet, with vermicelli inside for added texture. We enjoyed the crunchy pork lard and spring onions on the rice too!
One of our favourites of the day is this salad noodle dish. A refreshing combination of smooth rice vermicelli, spring rolls, peppery Vietnam pork sausage,bean sprouts, cucumber, chopped herbs and peanuts, the resulting taste is crunchy with a light lime taste. A healthy and lighter choice, this dish is usually a hit with the ladies.
And of course, how could we leave without trying the well-known beverage, Vietnamese Drip Coffee? You can choose to drink it plain, or with condensed milk. We found the condensed milk version a little too thick and jelat to keep sipping it- in fact Vietnamese also accompany this coffee with a tea to balance out the taste too. The crushed ice version was strong, thick, bitter and sweet- a nice way to wrap up the meal!
Lastly, to add icing on the cake, if you’re a fan of any of the toppings like the bean sprouts or herbs, just flip to the extra toppings page of the menu and make your order. You can add an egg, rice or the yummy crab pies too! All prices include GST and there is no service charge.
Saigon Baguette will be opening new outlets soon, so look out for their upcoming promotions!
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Operating hours from Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Operating hours on Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am to 10:00pm
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