Saigon Restaurant 4760 W. 38th Street
Pat and I have eaten here in the pre-blog days. Then it was about one-third the size and was located on Lafayette Road. I am really glad that their business grew enough that they needed to expand. Like most Asian inspired restaurants they offer several lunch specials for $6.95 and $7.95. Each lunch comes with a choice of soup and a soft spring roll or crisp egg roll. The soups they offered were a mushroom and a crab meat asparagus soup.
Pat was a bit nonplussed with the sauce he was served with his egg roll. Instead of the thick orange-colored sweet and sour normally served, this sauce was thin and clear. It was basically a sweetened vinegar;which I actually thought better than the normal orange stuff.
The last time we ate here I remember the crab soup and spring roll very well. I thought them both delicious. So that is what I decided on to go with an order of shrimp and vegetables.
I acknowledge that nothing stays the same. Such is the way of nature. However in the world of food and beverage some things should stay the same. I refer to the Crab and Asparagus soup. The last time it was crisp and clear with pieces of crab meat and slices of asparagus with bits of herb on top. This was a gelatinous cup of chicken stock with a few pieces of asparagus. No discernible crab at all. That is not to say it was a horrid soup,it wasn’t horrid at all. It was an excellent chicken stock it just wasn’t a good crab? and asparagus soup. It would make a great chicken and noodle soup,or a chicken and rice soup or a chicken and anything soup. Just not a crab and asparagus soup.
As for the spring roll I was disappointed in that as well. The flavor and texture were not as I remember. Nor was this roll as fresh tasting as others I have had else where.
As for my shrimp dish it was very good. Nicely prepared with the obligatory vegetables in the customary sauce and a big scoop of perfectly steamed white rice. Since I live closer to this joint than Pat I can see myself coming back. However I would give the mushroom soup and egg roll more consideration or else forego the lunch specials altogether and order from the menu. Speaking of which here is a link to their website.