Little Saigon in Mount Lawley – Vietnamese food with Western & Chinese influences

We’ve just come home from a lovely dinner with burger boy’s parents at Little Saigon in Mount Lawley. It’s amazing that we live so close and have never tried it before – think we spend more time towards the Mount Lawley end of Beaufort Street.

My father-in-law loves everything and will eat anything, my mother-in-law on the other hand is an amazing cook and is fussier but from our last Vietnamese dining experience at Lido with my family, burger boy and I knew Vietnamese would be a winner.

For entrée we ordered two serves of the beef rice paper rolls.

beef rolls at Little Saigon

I haven’t seen beef rice paper rolls on the menu before, normally there’s just the prawn and pork rice paper roll so it was a pleasant surprise especially because I love beef rice paper rolls and only ever have it at the homes of my Vietnamese friends or at home.

The beef was tender and the flavours were delicious. It wasn’t too salty and there was just the right amount of filling which made it easy to eat. The fish sauce was ok but probably not as flavoursome as I would like (note – my fussy mother cooks pretty good Vietnamese).

My father-in-law loves fried rice so he was pretty happy when fried rice was available at Little Saigon. This kind of surprised me as I didn’t think Vietnamese served fried rice with their dishes. I must say though, it was good fried rice as they used Chinese sausage which I absolutely love.

fried rice at Little Saigon

The satay beef was interesting and as my mother-in-law quoted “it doesn’t taste like your usual satay beef”, the satay flavour wasn’t that strong but it tasted fine, beef was tender enough. I’d rename the dish though as if I really felt like satay beef I’d be disappointed.  

satay beef at Little Saigon

The caramelized pork was a winner, everyone loved this dish. Inside the clay pot was pieces of pork belly cooked with a whole boiled egg and the sauce was tasty. burger boy thought the pork and egg combination was delicious together.

caramelised pork at Little Saigon
The squid was super tender and tasted delicious in the lemon grass and chilli curry – my third favourite dish of the night :) and I’m spewing that I didn’t take a photo of it. Must have got too mesmerised by the food by then – wish dishes would take automatic photos of themselves so I can focus more on eating!!

I was a bit hesitant about ordering any of the chicken dishes because they sounded pretty ordinary but because we knew my mother-in-law preferred chicken over fish we ordered the baby corn chicken, carrot and snow pea stir-fry.

baby corn chicken at Little Saigon

This dish was a bit bland and the chicken breast was a little tough and a bit overcooked. Chicken thigh would have worked better for this dish but I understand not everyone likes chicken thigh.

I was hoping for my usual apple custard smoothie that I normally have when I dine at Vietnamese restaurants but it wasn’t on the menu so I had the iced logan drink instead. This drink is pretty easy to make, you just pour the logan and the syrup from the can and add ice so although nice – the credit is to the suppliers of the can logan. 

Iced Logan Drink from Little Saigon

The Vietnamese food at Little Saigon has a Western and Chinese influence in that it has been modernised to suit western palates and uses Chinese ingredients in some of the dishes. Little Saigon is decked out with modern decor and is great for a nice dinner out. But if you’re after authentic Vietnamese street food (like broken pork rice, pho etc), you won’t find these items on the menu. The price was on the high side for Vietnamese food (it was around $17 for a main and the total bill was $110) and the portions are a bit smaller than I would have liked but being just around the corner we’ll be back when we feel like going somewhere close that we can enjoy a nice meal & chat in a cozy setting.

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I’m a foodie who enjoys trying new food anywhere / any place (restaurants, cafes, bars, market stalls, fast food joints…anywhere just name it!) both in Perth, Western Australia and on my travels. I’m not your ordinary foodie, I’m often described as ‘fussy’ but I really really do love my food - I guess just not everything that’s put on my plate. Though, my other half, ‘burger boy’, eats most foods so I’ll be blogging about what he eats too…and as the name implies, burgers will be a regular foodie blog for all you burger lovers outthere. I love showcasing my yummy food finds with pics so I thought why not share my passion for food with other foodies with my blog, foodie cravings. Follow my food journey as I discover new keepers and rave about my all-time favourites. 

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  6 comments for “Little Saigon in Mount Lawley – Vietnamese food with Western & Chinese influences

  1. mztiff
    July 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    thit kho trung (i.e. pork and rice) is my favourite dish, especially when the meat is really dark from the caramalisation :D

    • July 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      It’s so tasty – I’ve really got to learn how to cook it :)

  2. Kanni
    July 22, 2011 at 9:58 am

    love this place! :)

    • July 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      It was a great place for dinner with the in-laws – very happy to find a nice Vietnamese restaurant around the corner :)

  3. LMB
    July 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    The pork belly looks to die for!
    LMB recently posted..Cora’s Korean BBQ Applecross

    • July 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      mmm yes the pork belly was delicious – didn’t last very long though – you should have seen burger boy go! ;)

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