Vietnamese Food at Little Saigon, Gangnam

For tonight’s dinner, I was feeling hungry a bit early and decided to stop by “Little Saigon”.

Little Saigon is a Vietnamese restaurant located about five minutes from Sinnonhyeon Station or 5-10 minutes from Gangnam Station, right behind Kyobo Tower.

Each time I’ve walk past it on my way home during dinner time, it’s been packed with people. I thought I’d pop in and see if it was alright. Decent Vietnamese food is pretty hard to come by in Korea, as most of the time it’s been too watered down (pho) or is just generally quite bland.

Little Saigon was pretty decent though!

Sweet chili sauce, sliced radish and peanut sauce

Sweet chili sauce, sliced radish and peanut sauce

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The salad rolls/goi con

The salad rolls/goi con

I had intended to just order one piece of salad rolls (2,000w / $2.00), but the waiter brought out the platter, which was four pieces. It was probably my fault because of the language barrier, but I asked the waiter anyways when he set it down. He apologized and said you could only order one piece at lunch time, but went and changed the bill anyways (and didn’t take the extra salad rolls back! Really nice).

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Stirfried noods with little pieces of samgyeopsal (Korean-style pork belly)

Stirfried noods with little pieces of samgyeopsal (Korean-style pork belly)

The noodles I ordered were awesome. They came with stir-fried veggies and bean sprouts, plus juicy morsels of samgyeopsal, Korean-style pork belly (like really thick bacon). The plate was probably big enough to feed two people.

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I tried so hard to get a decent photo of the noodles with my chopsticks! It's hard to hold them in one and and use the camera (sans-viewfinder) though T^T

I tried so hard to get a decent photo of the noodles with my chopsticks! It’s hard to hold them in one and and use the camera (sans-viewfinder) though T^T

(See caption above!) This is one of the pieces of samgyeopsal, which were done really well.

(See caption above!)
This is one of the pieces of samgyeopsal, which were done really well.

You have no idea how hard I tried (and how idiotic I looked) to finally get a semi-decent photo of one of the goi con pieces.

You have no idea how hard I tried (and how idiotic I looked) to finally get a semi-decent photo of one of the goi con pieces.

The restaurant interior

The restaurant interior

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Outside Little Saigon

Outside Little Saigon

Overall, a delicious experience!

Directions:

  • Gangnam Station (Line 2, Exit 9): Walk straight down the clubbing/bar street for about 5-10 minutes until you see the big Paris Baguette Café. Hang a left, and Little Saigon will be on your left on the ground floor.
  • Sinnonhyeon Station (Line 9, Exit 6): Walk down Gangnam U-Street (Gangnamdaero) until you see Paris Baguette Café on your right. Turn right, walk straight for about two minutes, and Little Saigon will be dead ahead.
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