Monday, January 08, 2007

Where is Saigon ?

Don't cheat. What is the country that first comes to your mind when you see or hear "Saigon" ?

It's named Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant, located in Sunnyvale,CA. Is it some kind of Hong Kong-Vietnmese cuisine since Saigon is a former name of Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam ? Nope. For this restaurant, Saigon simply means 西贡 or Sai Kung - a town on Sai Kung Peninsula, in New Territories, Hong Kong, and this Sai King town is well-known for seafood. Ok, hopefully this will clear up your doubts about the type of cuisine you are going to get here. Yes, 100% Hong Kong cuisine! During weekends, the crowds start building up after 11am. So, our best bet is 10am (when it just opens). The seafood porridge/congee is cooked to perfection. Smooth congee, with hints of natural sweetness from the shrimps, scallops and fish slices. We usually don't order lots of dim-sum dishes here since there's always the congee to fill us up. Our standard must-haves and faves are these...


Well, to be technically correct, Saigon is in fact a name or place related to Vietnam. Since I'm on the "Saigon" topic any way, how about some pho , or Vietnamese noodle dish ? We chanced upon Pho Nam, when the other pho place (can't even remember the name now...) we have tried before near El Camino, Mountain View, was closed for that day. Since then, we became loyal customers to Pho Nam.



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