Enjoy Vietnamese Food at Saigon House

Enjoy Vietnamese Food at Saigon House

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June Krause, center, stands with her two sons, Manuel, left, and Richard, right. Photo by Elisa Sand.

A Vietnamese restaurant opened on June 20, 2023, expanding cultural food options in town.

Owner June Krause, a native of Vietnam, said it’s been a dream of hers to open a restaurant, and she finally found the perfect spot in Aberdeen. That’s at 1124 S. Washington St. on the north side of the Northern State University campus at the former site of the International Kitchen.

Krause said her goal is to provide traditional Vietnamese entrees. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 AM. to 9:00 PM.

She and her husband Clifford currently live in Bowdle with their two young boys, Manuel, and Richard. Clifford, originally from New York, met his wife when he moved to Korea and then Vietnam to teach English. They moved to the U.S. about three years ago, first settling in Idaho before moving to South Dakota.

Krause said she’d been encouraged by people in Bowdle to open a restaurant after they tasted her entrees. The space she looked at in Bowdle was claimed before she could get it, so she started looking at spaces in other communities. When she found the former restaurant building in southern Aberdeen, she knew it was the right place.

Preparing meals with more vegetables and homemade sauces than Americanized Vietnamese food is something Krause prides herself on. She noted her sweet and sour chicken and orange chicken entrees as two examples for which she prepares her own sauces instead of using premade varieties.

“The main thing is traditional,” Krause said. “I want to bring as much tradition to the menu.” //

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