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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Saigon Restaurant Review: This is probably one of the first Vietnamese restaurants to open in South Philadelphia, bringing their Asian culture to the Italian Market neighborhood. With its paneled walls and navy blue tablecloths, it is not the bare-essential spot that you might expect, and you can bring your own Chenin Blanc or Pinot Gris to drink while you investigate Vietnams intriguing cuisine. A huge bowl of meat dumplings can start you off, and it bursts with noodles, pea pods and crab claws as well. Next, perhaps a skewer of chicken of meat or chicken, first marinated with lemon grass and then charcoal grilled, and dipped into the ubiquitous nuoc mam sauce. Crunchy fried onions, a Vietnam staple, brighten spring rolls, and rolls made of ground beef in vine leaves. For dessert, you can try a coconut flan, or longan (a lychee type fruit), or just a filtre of thick, sweet Vietnamese coffee.