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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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/
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.
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
Introducing Wild Ophelia Gourmet Chocolate from Vosges
Available at both the restaurant and French market location.
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
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.
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
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.
Wild ramps foraged by our Chefs in Silver Spring
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.