Monday, 22 October 2012

Little Saigon, Big Bangkok

Viet Thai Dining Experience at Little Saigon, Big Bangkok

I admit. I am a food addict. But with this addiction, I certainly was able to nourish the hungry state of my senses, satisfy the palate longing and fill an empty stomach on a periodic basis.

We all love to travel because we want to have a taste of the world literally by eating the food of other countries. This is the so-called food trips by embarking on a gastronomic adventure. But why travel far when you can have a taste of the world locally. Subsequently, we all have our preferences. Some are into spicy food, others into sweet and tangy. Sometimes we even consider these cuisines as our comfort food, something that makes us happy in the process.

A good friend of mine told me about this new restaurant in Andres Abellana Ext. Guadalupe, Cebu City which is called Little Saigon Big Bangkok. She told me that she and her husband went to this restaurant with an empty stomach and went home completely with a stuffed tummy.

So off I went with my cousin and a great friend who share my regard on great food and best ambiance. Once we were parked, we all notice right away a homey atmosphere especially with the wooden tables and stools setting. You are also welcomed with the smoky whiff of grilled farm produce like chicken and pork upon entering the residence-like restaurant.

As soon as we were seated, we all can’t help but notice the ridiculously large menu held by the staff. It was explain to us that they have a unique way of giving their menus because they have a different set of food choices on a daily basis.

Since it was our first time on that restaurant, I asked their specialty or the restaurant’s best seller. We were introduced to BUN CHA which is a platter of rice noodles, spring rolls, beef strips and meat balls with lettuce and 2 dip sauces. We also tried their Penang Curry which is a spicy beef viand inherent to a Malaysian dish. You can request to have this not too spicy like put in mild spice since some of their food can be overly spicy or mildly spicy depending on the request of the paying patrons. We also tried their Gai Yang, a grilled chicken dish and Seafood Rice which is flavorful (you can even eat this rice without any viand anymore). For the drink, we choose to try their herbal ice tea which is a concoction of ginger, lemon grass, lime and other herbs. A pitcher will do for 3 to 4 persons.

While eating, a staff even shared to us a little info about their Cooks; most of their cooks came from Spice Fusion.  

For desserts, we tried their delicious homemade ice cream – mango peppermint with kaffir lime ice cream. 

                                                               Ridiculously Large Menu

                                                         Seafood Rice @ P250 (mildly spicy)

                                                        Gai Yang (Grilled Chicken) @ P250

                                                                 Penang Curry @ P250

                                                                     Bun Cha @ P275

Bun Cha (a platter of rice noodle, beef strips, spring rolls, meatballs and lettuce with 2 choices of dip sauces)

                               Homemade Ice Cream (Mango Peppermint with Kaffir Lime) @ P75

How to get there:

If you are from Manila and would like to go there from the airport, you may ride a taxi and approximate fare is around P250 – P280. If within Cebu City, like the downtown area taxi fare may be around P80 –P100. If you are in Uptown area (Fuente Osmena), taxi fare is around P70-P80.

You can also go there through riding a jeepney. You just have to ride a jeepney bound for Guadalupe. Just tell the driver to drop you at the Guadalupe Brgy. Hall. The restaurant is beside a Japanese school.

For reservations and other inquiries, you may call them through (032) 4150228.

Contact Information:

Little Saigon Big Bangkok
Owner: Carmel Therese D. Almadrones
2175 Villaon Subd., Andres Abellana Ext.
Guadalupe Cebu City
Contact No.: (032) 415 0228