When Covid-19 first started earlier this year; there were several restaurants that had just started their business. One of these businesses was Saigon Eatery in Torrance, California. Thankfully they were determined and their persistence paid off; now becoming a favorite go-to place for pho for many South Bayers including myself.
I am a big fan of Saigon Eatery! Their pho is some of the best pho in the neighborhood. Pho choices include beef, oxtail, chicken and shrimp. My favorite is the beef pho where one can choose two types of meats from ribeye steak, brisket, boneless short rib and beef ball.
Their pho is excellent. The entire bowl is filled with delightful aromatics. The green onion, white onion and cilantro really enhance the flavor of the beef broth. They’re not stingy on their meat and loved the thin, lean slices of boneless short rib and tender beef balls.
Aside from pho; one should not forget about their side dishes such as the golden bao and the egg rolls
The golden bao is golden indeed with it’s slightly charred gold fried outside. Inside is a ground pork, onions, mushrooms, hard boiled egg and Chinese sausage. It’s like a mini meal in itself. It’s very fulfilling.
Saigon Eatery’s egg rolls are also a wonderful side. Similar to the golden bao; these were fried to perfection and served nice and crisp! I loved that they made it traditional with rice noodles inside.
Last but not least if one wants the ultimate caffeine kick then one must try their Vietnamese iced coffee.
Vietnamese iced coffee is known for being strong and if you want that caffeine kick; Saigon Eatery’s Vietnamese iced coffee will certainly do it for you! I don’t think I’ve had stronger Vietnamese coffee. It sure is the perfect way to wake you up. 🙂
2020 is a year when so many small businesses are struggling and thus I am all for supporting new eateries like Saigon Eatery. I very happy to see them doing well and hope to be back for a good bowl of pho again soon.
For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Saigon Eatery.
Happy New Year! It’s a new year and along with the new year comes new opportunities and new adventures. How perfect is it that for my first dinner out for 2015, I tried a place that Yelp has listed as “hot and new.” This place is Pho Consomme located in Torrance, CA. There are also two other locations in California, one in Gardena and the other in Rowland Heights. When I saw this place, newly opened, my adventurous foodie side got excited and I decided to try it out. 😉 New year, new foods to try!
Their menu is pretty extensive with the biggest focus on the pho, noodle soups. For my first time here though, I went outside the box and tried something different. My adventurous foodie side kicked in and for this particular dinner, I chose to split with friends one appetizer and one rice dish.
The appetizer of choice for the night was the Bi Cuon. Bi means “pork skin” while cuon refers to a “roll”. At Pho Consomme, instead of pork skin, they used shredded pork. The roll was filled with various vegetables such as cilantro, basil and mint. There was also vermicelli noodles inside. It came with two dipping sauces, one peanut sauce and one spicy red pepper sauce. This appetizer was a meal in itself. Stuffed and oozing with the all the ingredients, it was hard not to be full after eating this appetizer. I loved the freshness of the dish. The crisp vegetables inside were a nice touch. The dipping sauces gave a special extra flavor kick. The peanut sauce a slight sweet flavor while the spicy red pepper sauce was fiery and burning.
The main entree of the night was Com Chien Consomme. It is the house special fried rice and had shrimp, chicken and beef. This dish was huge. There was plenty of flavorful, well seasoned fried rice and a good mix of shrimp, chicken and beef. It was my first time trying fried rice at a Vietnamese restaurant (once again, adventurous kitty was channeling in) and I did enjoy it. There’s a distinct flavor due to the mix of different ingredients. The beef and chicken were a little overcooked but overall It was a good and hearty rice dish.
Overall, it was good first dinner out for 2015. I got to try a new place and eat something that is not commonly ordered at a pho place. A new year, a new restaurant and new foods = new smiles.
For more smiles, please se my recent, Yelp review on Pho Consomme.