DINING FEATURE Saigon Box Vietnamese Kitchen
Mother-daughter team o ! er warm food and vibe I n February 2020, Huong Tran and her mother, Tha Tong, opened Saigon Box Vietnamese Kitchen at 6363 Dallas Parkway in Frisco. “My mom, she’s 72,” Tran said. “She’s run busi- nesses since she came to America. I have experience in restaurants. Given the growing population in Frisco, the growing diversity, there’s really not much Vietnamese food [here].” Saigon Box o ! ers Vietnamese staples like the banh mi sandwich, spring rolls and pho, the noodle soup with choice of protein and a bit of heat thanks to jala- penos and hot sauce. Saigon Box also has gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. In 1975, Tong emigrated fromVietnam to New Orleans. Tran was born and grew up in the Big Easy before the mother and daughter came to the Dallas area about 10 years ago. The name Saigon Box honors her mother’s birthplace. “Saigon is a city in Vietnam. In ‘75 it changed to Ho Chi Minh [City], but we remember it as Saigon,” Tran said. “We knewwe wanted to do a fast-casual—not necessarily fast because you don’t want to rush good food—[but] an approachable setting where customers order, and everything is placed in a box. It worked really well for the pandemic because we had to box everything up.” Thus far, Saigon Box has relied on word of mouth to grow, a strategy which the team said has paid o ! . “We always want tomake sure that our food is perfected and that we have the manpower to produce perfect food,” Tran said. “Eventually, we may want to reach the masses, but we’re a small mom-and-daugh- ter team, so organic word of mouth is, for us, best right now.” BY STEPHEN HUNT
The beef noodle pho comes in two di ! erent sizes ($9.99 regular, $11.99 large). Noodle pho soups and banh mi sandwiches are traditional Vietnamese dishes.
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The banhmi sandwich ($6.49) is madewith a choice of protein, aioli sauce, cucumbers, veggies, cilantro and jalapenos.
Huong Tran (left) and her mother, Tha Tong, are the team behind Saigon Box in Frisco.
SaigonBoxVietnameseKitchen 6363 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 106, Frisco 214-494-2035 www.saigon-box.com Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 4:30-8 p.m., closed Sunday
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