Saigon Light

109 Kingsway
Glen Waverley, VIC 3150
I’m not sure I like Christmas anymore. Now before you all call me a Grinch, hear me out. When I was younger, Christmas was the time of year where no more work was done at school, and the prospects of presents and endless weeks of holidays loomed on the horizon. But now, as a soon-to-be working young adult, Christmas has suddenly morphed into a stressful time of present-buying, gift-wrapping, dinner-planning, and money-depleting. But arguably worst of all is the unpredictable opening hours of restaurants, leaving food bloggers who like to plan their meals out in the cold.

Thankfully there is always Glen Waverley, serving up Asian food all year round, holidays notwithstanding. And whilst I’ve eaten at most of the restaurants on the Kingsway strip now, I’ve yet to try Saigon Light, a small Vietnamese restaurant with what seems to be a loyal following. The interior is simple with functional furniture, and the menu is full of funny engrish typos. There are plenty of food options to choose from beyond your stalwarts, as well as a variety of psychedelic drinks.  

Bun Bo Hue ($9.8)
Bun Bo Hue ($9.8)
Bun Bo Hue ($9.8) is the new pho, and this bowl was definitely one of the better I’ve had. Whilst lacking in the herbal tang of lemongrass, it had generous amounts of shrimp paste and all the trimmings, pig’s blood included. It was a satisfyingly deep bowl of noodles with a soup that was complex and fragrant, and slippery noodles perfect for slurping. 

Salt and Pepper Pork Rib Rice ($9.8)
Salt and Pepper Pork Rib Rice ($9.8)
Forever less adventurous, Chris had the Salt and Pepper Pork Rib Rice ($9.8). The meaty ribs were tossed with stir-fried vegetables and served with a bowl of tomato rice. Whilst the seasoning for the ribs could use some work, it was a satisfying lunch overall.
Whilst there isn’t all that much to say about Saigon Light, it seems to be reliable and fairly authentic, and the portions are generous. It’s not my favourite Vietnamese restaurant in town, but as it is fairly close to where I live, it will certainly do.
Rating: 12.5/20 – 60 watts.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit. 

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  • Reply Sharon 20/01/2014 at 7:03 am

    If you’re ever in Sydney and craving a good bun bo hue with lovely lemongrass fragrance (and extra bun bo hue ‘paste’/sauce on the table for you to boost the spiciness), check out Dong Ba. There’s one in Bankstown and one in trusty Cabramatta :) they’re famous for their bun bo hue. linky:

    IIRC, $10 for a bowl that you could easily climb into. Huge.

    You’ve got me wanting some nowwww haha (I always ask for pho noodles in it instead. love it)

    • Reply ming 20/01/2014 at 9:30 am

      Hi Sharon, thanks for visiting! I will definitely be in Sydney again, and hopefully soon! I’ll definitely give don ba a go; I’ve heard good things about it and I’m still searching for that bowl of bun bo hue with the perfect balance of lemongrass, chilli, and shrimp paste!

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