By Steph Rodriguez

The farm-to-fork capital is home to a row of authentic Asian-inspired eateries, especially located in the Little Saigon neighborhood near South Sacramento, which is such a hot spot of a wide array of delicious fare. The name refers to a cluster of expatriates of Vietnamese culture, however for those with a hunger for the absolute best egg roll in town followed by a variety of traditional Asian dishes, stop by one of these five recommendations to curb your appetite and discover something new to savor.

Pho Xe Lua
5331 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 451-8838

With more than 122 offerings Pho Xe Lua, or in English, “the Pho Train,” will have every customer new or returning all aboard. At this charming eatery they don’t skimp on the egg rolls and a meal for one person can cost less than $10 to boot. Some helpful tips to learn before going to Pho Xe Lua is to learn some basic translations like bo is “beef,” heo is “pork,” and ga is “chicken” or “poultry.” But, when ordering the crispy-fried egg rolls with a house made sweet and sour dipping sauce one does not have to be fluent in Vietnamese. Choose between the pork egg rolls or fresh spring rolls stuffed with a variety of garden fresh veggies, shredded pork or plump shrimp wrapped in a clear and chewy rice paper each start at $4.50.

Chada Thai
1624 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 444-8909 

A great spot for vegetarians, Chada Thai is home to some of the tastiest egg and spring rolls in town. When customers walk into this street-side restaurant, the aromas of fresh ginger, Thai basil, and pungent curries waft from the kitchen. There is a wonderful array of authentic Thai dishes found on the lunch and dinner menus here like Pad-Kee-Mow (drunken noodles) with sauteed wild rice noodles with carrots, green beans, onions, zucchini, bamboo shoot, bell pepper, all in a delicious garlic sauce. Before ordering the entree, take a peek at the appetizer menu and ask the server to bring out a plate of Po Pia Todd, vegetarian crunchy egg rolls, which will start the meal off right. The egg rolls are stuffed with a variety of fresh vegetables like sweet potatoes, onions, carrots and blended with Thai spices for $5.95.

Viet Ha Restaurant
6534 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 424-5685

Just because a restaurant has fair prices doesn’t mean it skimps on the flavor and authenticity of its dishes. Viet Ha Restaurant located in South Sacramento also holds true to this sentiment. For example, a large bowl of pipping hot pho starts at $7 and there are about 100 Chinese and Vietnamese-style dishes that all run under $10 like the sauteed fried beef over rice noodles for $6.95. This eatery offers egg rolls a couple of different ways. Customers can either order them on the side with sweet and sour dipping sauce or enjoy egg rolls in a more substantial manner if you have a hearty appetite by ordering them over rice noodles for $6.75, which is a very popular dish here. This dish is lined with fresh shredded lettuce at the bottom, then a layer of rice noodles and nestled on top are a couple of crispy egg rolls, which you can break up into bite-sized pieces.

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Lam Kwong Deli and Market
2031 12th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 443-8805

Known for its affordable and filling lunch specials that include familiar Chinese fare like orange and general chicken, pork-fried rice and chicken chow mein, Lam Kwong Deli and Market is Midtown Sacramento’s best kept secret. So it’s no surprise when looking for a few good egg rolls this spot is sure to satisfy and then some. A single egg roll will set customers back $1 and it’s the best dollar to spend on the crispy and delicate favorite. This eatery is also vegan friendly and serves a variety of delicious dim sum like siu mai, pork turnovers, custard tarts, steamed cha siu bao, and the menu continues with items ranging from $.50 to $.70 cents a piece. Now everyone’s in on this tasty secret.

New Lai Wah
5912 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 428-6183

An authentic Cantonese restaurant, New Lai Wah is one of Sacramento’s oldest family owned eateries. Every dish is absolutely delicious and the egg rolls are some of the best in town. The first noticeable difference between New Lai Wah’s egg roll compared to the norm is when a customer orders a round of these cylindrical, savory bites is their large size. This is not the typical teeny fried appetizer. Instead, these egg rolls huge and packed with the perfect meat to veggie ratio and they’re always cooked thoroughly and are delightfully shattering crisp. An order comes with three egg rolls and starts at $4.

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