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The Hen House
Saigon Sisters

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.

- Chicago Magazine

Join the D.L.S. for A Culinary Journey at Saigon Sisters

northwestern hospital

Saigon Sisters is pleased to announce a new addition to the family - introducing a third location in Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 251 E. Huron St. in downtown Chicago. This new Streeterville location will feature a 1,100-square-foot newly designed space for Saigon Sisters, as well as general seating available in the food court on the second floor of the Galter Pavilion. Expect the same quality and delicious offerings of their signature Banh Mi’s, Pho, Spring Rolls, Banh Bao and Rice Bowls at this new location in addition to breakfast which will include Vietnamese coffee and Op La Banh Mi - the Vietnamese take on a breakfast egg sandwich with pork & Chinese sausage. This new space is designed by Moss Architecture + Design and will have a similar look and feel as the restaurant space, with wood and industrial materials helping to create an inviting ambiance.

For more informaiton, please contact us at info@saigonsisters.com

Continuing our look at some of my favorite bites inside the Chicago French Market, this little gem is made-to-order.

Now that the Air & Water show is over, we all know that fall is just around the corner. It will be a busy September for us and we hope that you will join in these fun events after Labor Day weekend.

chicago gourmet
We are excited to be sampling our tasty dishes to go with the great wines & spirits at Millenium Park for the Bon Appétit Chicago Gourmet on Sept. 30th in Millenium Park. We will also take part of the Dine Around Special 3-course dinner menu for $35 during the whole month of September, offering a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event!!
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windy city
Where can you sample 270 different wines from around the world for $28? This year’s best wine tasting event will be held at Buckingham Fountain from 9/7 to 9/8. You will need good food to pair with the wines, so look for us in the restaurants section serving savory bites and sweets.
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green tie ball
This will be our second year taking part in the Green Tie Ball festivities to raise money to help beautify Chicago expressways, greenways, & neighborhoods. Get your best green outfit on and get ready to eat and drink well at this year’s Alice in Wonderland themed ball
www.gatewaygreen.org/news_events/green-tie-ball/

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magic flute
We love Chicago theater and art scene. So we’ve packaged a pre-dinner special at our restaurant before the Magic Flute opera at the Harris Theater. It is featured in Daily Candy.
 http://chicagooperatheater.org/

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Last but not least, we are proud and honored to be reviewed and rated by Chicago Magazine and Zagat with “very good” and “blown-away” ratings. We will continue to strive for excellence as we develop our exciting fall menu.
2 star

This hip uber-urban extension of the popular French Market stand offers traditional banh mi and soups at lunch and a more ambitious upscale menu at dinner. That’s when brightly innovative turns on classic Vietnamese dishes stretch globally, as in a quinoa salad of hen of the woods (mushrooms) and roasted baby eggplant with roasted garlic shallot purée. The same goes for the grilled confit octopus on cuttlefish-ink rice spiced with Japanese togarashi. Cao lau — fresh egg noodles to mix with braised pork cheeks, Chinese broccoli, pork rinds, fish cake, and housemade sambal—makes a fine shareable entrée. Impressive wines.
  From Zagat: “Banh mi me, baby!” implore “blown-away” boosters of this West Loop Vietnamese sister to the French Market stall where “interesting” fare boasting “bright flavors” tastes “upscale” but comes at “downscale prices”; “helpful” servers elevate the “basic” wood and steel space, but with limited seating, you may need to “get there in off hours” to snag a spot.
As rated in the 2012/13 Chicago Restaurant Guide

farmers market

We <3 MCA Farmer’s Market
Every Tuesday until Oct 25, 2012, 10 am – 2 pm

We are excited to be back this year serving our Classic Banh mi, Vegetarian Banh mi and Spring rolls. You can enjoy them on a picnic,
at home, or on the steps of the MCA every Tuesdays starting June 25th.
While you are there, check out wonderful fresh produce, flowers, and cheese from the local farmers and stay for the MCA “Tuesdays on the Terrace” live Jazz concert from 5pm to 7pm. Check their website for more information www.mcachicago.org/


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pho for 4

Phở For Four
$80
We are bringing our trademark Vietnamese street foods of Banh mi, Pho, and Spring Rolls to your home. The “Pho for 4” party started out for only special clients, but then we realized why not share it with all
of our customers and friends.

The party package contains fresh ingredients and easy instructions for you to assemble at home.

Pho To Go Party package includes the following:
4 Pho (Choice of Beef, Chicken, or Vegetarian)
4 Spring Rolls (Choice of shrimp or tofu) with peanut sauce
4 Banh Mi (any choice from our regular lunch menu)

Please Note: Pho and Banh Mi were refrigerated so they will need to
be assembled and reheated at your destination. Spring rolls will be premade so no assembly is required, just eat on the day of delivery. Rice paper can get hard on second day.
*Pho Soup broth are packed in separate containers from the noodles, meats/tofu, bean sprout packets, hoisin, and hot sauces
**Sauce for Spring Rolls can be substituted with either Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese fish sauce dressing) or Sweet and Sour Sauce
***Banh Mi Sandwiches will come with instructions on how to put them together and reheated at your home or party.

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Customer’s review:
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner last night, thanks to you. I knew when
I picked up the food that I had too much for just 4 of us, but the good news is that we get to enjoy some today as well. The spring rolls were a perfect starter. The pho turned out beautifully with the instructions. The boiling broth quickly cooked the beef, and the added sprouts and herbs really enhanced the dish. Our friends are looking to try this again soon at the market or restaurant. The Banh Mi capped off a great meal. I followed the recipe on the containers, and they were delicious.


Thank you so much. We may try this again for others. It’s a pretty easy way to have a unique and easy-to-prepare meal. –Brian from Chicago

pick-up or delivery (delivery charge of $10 within 2 miles of  radius of restaurant)
must order at least one day in advance
Call 773-383-8828 or email orders@saigonsisters.com

View all available Catering Options

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Introducing Wild Ophelia Gourmet Chocolate from Vosges

Available at both the restaurant and French market location.
wild ophelia

BACONFEST CHICAGO 2012 (Saturday, April 14 2012)

It’s that time of year again…Saigon Sisters is proud to be a part of this year’s Bacon Fest! A day-long celebration of the decadent meat that’s not just for breakfast anymore. Chef Matt Riordan has assembled a delicious snack for the festival that shows off a bacon twist to our Vietnamese cooking: The Nueske’s Bacon Pho. A bowl of specially-made black garlic and tamarind noodles is complemented by pickled eggs, microgreens, and hearty Nueske’s bacon.

After trying our special pho, there’s plenty of other treats to try. In addition to a host of butchers and smokehouses, there will be sweets from Vosges, House of Caramel, Rich Chocolates, and Jo Snow syrups. And sponsors Greenbush Brewing, Templeton Rye, and Goose Island will make sure there’s plenty to wet your whistle. For more information, visit http://baconfestchicago.com

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The second annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 in the French Market. Over seventy cheesemongers, distilleries, breweries, vineyards, confectioners, bakers and other fine food producers will be showing off their goods to Chicago, including Saigon Sisters. For this event, we will be partnering with our good friends at the Phoenix Bean Tofu Company, who provide the sprouts and tofu used in many of our dishes. We will also sell the new hot off the press  “Asian Tofu” book by Andrea Nguyen so you can take home and try in your own kitchen. Our regular menu will be available for purchase and we also do the Banh bao only on Saturday at the market.

pastoral festival poster

The French Market is located at 131 N. Clinton St. The fun lasts from 11:00am to 3:00pm, and those driving to the event can find parking for $6. For more information, visit: http://pastoralartisan.com/events-page/2nd-annual-pastoral-artisan-producer-festival

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Spring is officially here, we are excited for our new Spring Menu to turn bountiful produce like ramps, peas, watercress, asparagus into delicious one of a kind dishes. A Vietnamese Bouillabaisse is in the works, as is a Lobster Pho. You will also love our take on Chawanmushi with uni (sea urchin) along with salt and pepper prawns with smoked papaya and jackfruit salad.  Keep an eye out for updates on our facebook and twitter about the new dishes - we’ll let you know when it’s ready, and you can be one of the first to try our delicious new menu.
Spring
Wild ramps foraged by our Chefs in Silver Spring

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CHICAGO CULINARY CROSSROADS
We will take part of the Chicago Culinary Crossroads sponsored by The Illinois Restaurant Association with a special menu to be released soon via Facebook and Twitter. This citywide dine-around program will run Tuesday, May 1 through Friday, May 25 to celebrate the G8 NATO summits and place a spotlight on our diverse, world-class restaurant industry. The dine-around will encourage both residents and visitors to patronize our city’s great dining establishments and experience the warm, welcoming hospitality that can only be found in Chicago.

It’s been nonstop days of cold & wind, hearty soups, & carbs. I’m really craving for a dish that evokes the warm shores ahead (like a beach in Phu Quoc or ANY warm sandy beach right now is good too). I saw what looks like a grapefruit on steroids at an Asian grocery & knew exactly what to do. This grand daddy of citrus fruit can grow up to the size of a basketball from what I’ve heard. It’s less acidic than most citrus fruit & sweeter than a grapefruit but not as sweet as an orange. Get it?  

Pomelo originated in South East Asia. You’ll see bounties of pomelos all over Vietnam & a popular dish called goi buoi (pomelo salad) can be seen at most restaurants & household. Everyone have their own way of making it & often with shrimp added to it. There’s no right way in making pomelo salad. Let your imagination go wild. You can opt out of a salad & eat it like we did growing up by just dipping the pomelo chunks in salt & black pepper mix & nosh on it as a snack. They’re just as good on their own.

I’m going to enjoy my personal expression of it with napa cabbage, carrots, red onions, herbs, and peanut sprinkles to give a textural contrast to the delicate juicy pomelo. Dressing it in soy vinaigrette takes the salad to a bold direction. Eating this bold & zesty pomelo salad will transport me to the warm sun & sandy beach or at least get my body in shape for it. It’s really delicious & refreshing to eat! 

INGREDIENTS

For the salad:
1 medium-large size pomelo
1 1/4 cup napa cabbage, finely shredded 
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
1/8 cup cilantro, leaves only
1 tbs mint (leaves only), chiffonade
1 tbs Thai basil (leaves only), chiffonade
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 a red jalapenos, thinly sliced

For the garnish:
2 tbs lightly toasted chopped peanuts
1 tbs crushed peanuts
1 tsp lightly toasted sesame seeds (optional)

For the vinaigrette:
3 tbs lime juice
3 tbs vegetarian fish sauce
1 tsp tamari
1 tsp sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Thai chili, chopped (optional)

METHOD

For the vinaigrette:
In a small mixing bowl, combine the lime juice, sugar, & vegetarian fish sauce. Stir well dissolving the sugar. Add in tamari, minced garlic, & Thai chili. Stir & mix well. Set aside.
For the garnish:
In a skillet over medium high heat, lightly toast the peanut till it’s fragrant & turn slightly brown. Transfer to a bowl & set aside. In the same skillet, lightly toast the sesame the same way & transfer to a bowl & set aside. Crushed a tbs of roasted peanuts & set aside.
For the pomelo salad:
Soak the thinly sliced red onion in 1 tbs rice vinegar for 15 minutes. Remove & set aside. Peel the outer rind & pith of the pomelo. Remove the pulp from the opaque skin of each pomelo wedge. Break pulp into chunks. In a large bowl, add in the napa cabbage, carrots, pomelo chunks, herbs, jalapenos, & red onions. Pour in 2 tbs of soy vinaigrette & tossed gently making sure salad is fully coated with the vinagrette. Taste & add more as needed to your liking. Add in the toasted chopped peanuts & toasted sesame seeds. Toss well & set aside.
ASSEMBLE & SERVE:
Mound the pomelo salad on each individual plate. Sprinkle the crushed peanuts on top & serve.






Every Friday this Month, we will be cooking up a special Banh Mi for our Lent Special. Our Lobster Banh Mi will make your mouth water.  Mmm hmm it will be a good Friday indeed.  *only available at the restaurant location

Warm up your palate with a spicy, sweet and salty Vietnamese prix fixe.

February 27, 2012

Grilled Confit Octopus
This menu will be extended until march 10.

Quickly rising from a French Market curiosity to a stand-alone lunchtime spot, Saigon Sisters has become Chicago’s paragon of Vietnamese cuisine. The West Loop eatery’s prix fixe dinner ($33) includes three courses of authentic Vietnamese fare. Dishes range from grilled confit octopus to oxtail pho with tender strips of bison carpaccio and spicy house sambal. For dessert, the sinfully rich chocolate ganache cake beckons. 567 W. Lake St., 312-496-0090

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