Written By Guest Writer Folks / Reporter Jan 16, 2012 Le Petit Saigon SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe Tofu Vermicelli Bowl (Bun Dau Hu) at Le Petit Saigon. Photo by Deanna LadretGood Afternoon, Vietnam!You’ve probably seen their sandwich board outside 7 Eleven on Government Street, but if you aren’t a regular at Le Petit Saigon, its tucked away location is easy to miss. Cozily situated on Langley Street (in the block behind the Bard & Banker Pub), Le Petit Saigon is one of Victoria’s hidden gems for value Vietnamese. Originally opened in 1986, Le Petit Saigon has been in the hands of current owners Bac and Veronica Truong for five years. Truong’s family (Bac has five siblings!) immigrated to Victoria from Vietnam in the mid-1980’s, where his mother found a job cooking at Le Petit Saigon. Years later, Bac’s sister purchased the restaurant and operated it for eight years before turning it over to Bac. Today Bac runs the restaurant with his wife, Veronica, a Swede that he met and fell in love with while backpacking in Thailand. Le Petit Saigon employs a small handful of staff, but you can pretty much always find Bac in the kitchen and Veronica working the floor (she’s the one with the strawberry blonde hair and Swedish accent), while their 3 year old son Markus plays quietly with toy cars at a corner table or pops in and out of the swinging doors to the back room. Bac learned Vietnamese cuisine from his mother, who he describes as “the best cook”. In fact, he still phones her from time to time for inspiration for the daily specials. An homage to the woman who started it all, vintage black and white portraits of Bac’s mother hang clustered among other photographs of relatives on the restaurant’s whitewashed walls. The menu is lengthy, with numerous inexpensive choices and large portions. In fact, you can walk away stuffed for about ten bucks. In true Vietnamese style, fresh vegetables like grated carrot, Thai basil, bean sprouts and cucumber decorate just about every dish. Other dishes include Papaya Salad with prawns and chili garlic sauce, Grilled Quail, Coconut Lamb Curry, Shrimp on Sugarcane, Spring and Salad Rolls, Fried Rice, Hot and Spicy Soup (Pho), Vermicelli Noodle Bowls, and Hot Pots. The menu is very vegetarian friendly, with 16 meatless and dairy-free dishes to choose from. The drink list includes wine, interesting fruit juices and well-suited Pacific Rim import beers like Tsingtao and Tiger Lager. For dessert, try the house made mango ice cream. Le Petit Saigon is open daily for lunch (ends at 2pm) and dinner (begins at 5pm); delivery is available nightly after 5pm.1010 Langley Street250-386-1412no websiteBCFolksVictoriaVietnamese SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Victoria April 26, 2021 EAT’s Guide to Take-out, Delivery, and Patios With Phase 2 beginning, restaurants and patios, tasting rooms and coffee shops are reopening. This is an ongoing process, with many changes, so we ... Read More Victoria May 25, 2020 The New Now : Navigating Through the Challenges The New Now As we begin re-opening under COVID protocols, the coming months will be at least uncertain, and for most, a battle to survive. In my ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 17, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Part 2 Support Local! A Look at Victoria’s New Pickup Windows by Jacqueline Downey As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 13, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Tofino Time by Chef Carmen Ingham As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 5, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Support Local! A Look at Victoria’s New Pickup Windows by Jacqueline Downey As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More Comments are closed.