Celebrate Chinese New Year of the Horse with us at Saigon Sisters this January 31st 2014. The Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.
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Welcome to our Grand Opening at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (2nd floor Galter Pavilion) on Monday, Sept. 9th. We will open at 7am starting with our new delicious breakfast menu with La Colombe and Vietnamese coffee (hot or iced). We will feature Op La Banh Mi and Banh Bao along with Congee to start your day. You will be delighted to find the same lunch menu as our other locations here with specialty drinks and snacks. Click here to view full menu.
Construction is completed at our third location at Northwestern Memorial Hospital! Unique to this location will be our breakfast offerings which will be breakfast baos and banh mi stuffed with our famous Op La dish that we created for dinner at the restaurant. Op La in Vietnamese means eggs on a plate. Our version will have Chinese sausage, pork, ham, pate and eggs not too different from this video we found in Hoi An.
Another popular choice for breakfast in Asia is congee made with jasmine rice porridge, savory meats, eggs, scallions, and ginger. There will be vegetarian options as well.
Besides Vietnamese coffee (hot or iced), we will offer drip coffee by La Colombe, a world-renowned roasting company that we know you’ll love. We can’t wait to serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner at Northwestern Memorial Hospital location.
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Join us and other 3 great chefs serving up delicious street foods paired with Deschutes Brewery on Aug. 29th from 7 to 10pm. Chef John McLean will host this special event with live bands at the Burger Bar outdoor patio and will serve his special American fare street food. Our Executive Chef Matt Riordan will serve shrimp and chicken on a sugarcane with a tangy and spicy sauce that will take you back to the streets of Vietnam. Chef Monica Sharma of Red Butter will serve her special samosas with delicious chutneys and Chef Cory Morris will take you to the streets of Barcelona with his creations from Mercat a la Planxa. Giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, will be pouring brews like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, Twilight Summer Ale, Fresh Squeezed IPA and The Abyss (2012). Dessert? Beer floats, of course. This is one you don’t want to miss – tickets are $50 per person. Please call to reserve your seat 312-255-0055 or visit www.burgerbarchicago.com
The Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants.
From August 20th through September 20th, dine in five participating restaurants, save your receipts, and redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet ticket at registration. Enjoy the special prix-fixe meal, or dine from the regular menu; either receipt is valid toward the free ticket if the meal total is a minimum of $35.
Click here for full details and complete rules.
Our T-racha Hot Awesome Sauce will be featured at Williams-Sonoma Artisans Market on 7/6 in Lincoln Park 1550 N Fremont St.
(312) 255-0643. Come, taste, and take some home along
with other great products there. Check out some great press on Tasting Table and Chicago Tribune as the “ hot sauce” to take home.
Don’t forget to pack your favorite banh mi, drinks, and spring rolls. Try our new Chicken Curry Banh Mi!
Our Executive Chef Matt Riordan has been going to the weekly Farmer’s market to put fresh produce on new dishes such as Chao Tom (shrimp and pork on sugarcane), 12 spice grilled Amish chicken, and crab cake with yuzu pudding. Try these delicous dishes with our new cocktails concoction made with fresh fruit and herbs.
The Star of Ghana restaurant concept in collaboration with Saigon Sisters was the creation of owner Mary Aregoni and 8th grade student Pearl at Discovery Night. Together they shared their cultures through food as they served chicken rice jollof with kimchi and Chocolate Saigon Cinnamon ice cream. To learn more about this program visit http://www.sparkprogram.org.
We are so ready for Spring! We are excited to introduce our “Spring Menu in Harmony with Cocktails”, a Prix Fixe dinner for $33 starting April 1. Our friends at North Shore Distillery have helped us craft the perfect cocktails to go with each course, or you can choose wine pairings from our exceptional international list - both are optional for $20.
We are very excited for our Grand Opening at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Our sign is up, and you can see our beautiful space from the outside as we prepare it for the opening this Fall. Take a peek as you pass by - you can see our interior take shape over the next few months!
To celebrate Asian Heritage month, we will be at Northwestern University in Evanston in May to feed students delicious Vietnamese food. Thanks to Sodexo for inviting us to showcase our menu to the students.
Also in May, we are excited to host to junior high students through the SPARK mentoring program. Local seventh and eight graders will get to learn about a full day in the life of a restaurant business. We are excited to work with SPARK to show the students what we do best in the culinary and hospitality fields.
Sandwich King Jeff Mauro is so funny. We had a blast filming an episode with him at the French Market featuring our Hen House, Chicago Magazine’s 50 Best Sandwiches. Look for our show sometimes in the summer on the Food TV Network.
We’re back this year and will be sampling Nueske Bacon in our Nem Nuong sandwich (grilled meatball with squid-ink-infused black pearl tapioca, cucumber and Viet herbs -yum!). This sold out event will take place at UIC forum on Saturday April 20th. Visit the Baconfest Chicago official website for more details.
This a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event featuring producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Join us at the Chicago French Market from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2012.
Cater2.me has landed in Chicago, and they have signed Saigon Sisters up as one of their first caterers here. The company is hoping to win customers from the city’s growing startup community, as well as the local offices of their existing clients in San Francisco and New York. We are excited to make more office people happy eating delicious and wholesome food!
In his eagerly awaited first cookbook, award-winning chef Charles Phan from San Francisco’s Slanted Door restaurant introduces traditional Vietnamese cooking to home cooks by focusing on fundamental techniques and ingredients.
From sleek, silken tofu with delicate toppings to piping-hot fried satchels in a robust sauce, tofu provides a versatile canvas for the intricate flavors and textures that Asian and vegetarian cooks have long enjoyed. America has embraced tofu as a healthy, affordable ingredient. And while it has been welcomed into sophisticated mainstream dining, tofu is often hidden in Western guises and in limited applications. In her third intrepid cookbook, celebrated food writer and teacher ANDREA NGUYEN aims to elevate this time-honored staple to a new place of prominence on every table.
*Available at our French Market Location
In Vietnamese, nước mắm means literally “salted fish water.” Red Boat “nước mắm nhi” is the secret ingredient in South East Asian cooking. The savory, sweet, and umami-laden sauce gives dishes a unique, rich and satisfying dimension. www.redboatfishsauce.com
MAROU crafts the finest single origin Vietnam dark chocolate while working directly with local cacao farmers, sourcing 100% local ingredients (sugar, vanilla, etc.) and employing artisanal production methods.
Hand crafted hand bags, purses, and wallets made
with recycled rice bags.
*Available at our French Market Location
Join us this year for Restaurant Week from Feb. 1 to 10th with a special pricing of $33 for a 4 course tasting menu. A special Champagne and wine pairing will pair perfectly with each course as an optional choice.
Restaurant Week Menu
February 1 to 10, 2013
Spring Roll (Traditional, Daily Special or Vegetarian)
Banh Bao (duck confit,pork belly, or bbq eggplant)
Oxtail Beef Pho
Vegetarian Noodle Soup
Flank Steak with Vietnamese Coffee Pomme puree
Quinoa with mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, curry butternut squash
Sea Scallops with farro, black garlic aioli, Thai basil
$33 excluding tax and gratuity
$33 Wine Pairings optional
Special Menu for Valentine’s Day
Smoked Shigoku Oyster, cured mango, chicharron, chive
Foie gras spring roll, Viet herbs, kumquat mostarda
Peekytoe crab, curry tapioca, Asian Pear, fennel, smoked coconut powder
Char Siu porchetta, truffled celeriac, pickled bok choy, quail egg
Chocolate ganache, almond curry granola, spiced whipped cream, raspberries
$75 per person excluding tax and gratuity
$40 champagne and wine pairing optional
Jan. 26 to 27
If you love travel and food then you need to check out the Travel & Adventure show this year. We will be on the culinary stage from 11:00 am to 11:30 am on Sat 1/26 showcasing the wonder of Vietnamese cuisine. What a great way to start out the New Year with travel and food in mind! www.adventureexpo.com
We are proud to participate in this year’s Chicago’s Hottest Party to raise money for breast cancer research at the River East Center. It promises to be a fun and delicious time and for a great cause. Get your tickets early! www.tickledpinkchicago.com/event
At the Divine Dine & Wine Event, we will showcase our delicious classic banh mi sampling to go with the best wine. This event is to raise money for the WCA (West Central Association). It will be held at Venue One from 6pm-9pm on Randolph Street. Come enjoy great samplings and support local businesses in the West Loop areas with us! https://www.facebook.com/events/297479150355462/?ref=22
This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.
Saigon Sisters is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.
Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Come in on November 24th and you’ll get a free complimentary dessert per two people.
Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business.
To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.
Caramelized chunks of dark and white meat chicken meld with a lemongrass-ginger marinade, and the ever-important baguette attains the flawless combo of chewy and crusty, ensuring that this banh mi rules the roost.