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“Awesome Latin/Asian Fusion”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Saucy Porka

Saucy Porka
Ranked #960 of 9,495 Restaurants in Chicago
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Awesome Latin/Asian Fusion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Saucy Porka, with a name like that how could it not be good?! When you walk into the place you are immediately hit by an array of mouthwatering aromas; followed by the realization that you will have to wait for a table as this place gets busy, and for good reason. As a general rule of thumb when eating out, any place that locals (in this case Chicagoans) are willing to wait for a meal is usually worth the wait.

The menu is very diverse, ranging from Asian paella and curried sweet potato fries to my favorite, "Bacos." What are Bacos you ask? This place is Asian/Latin fusion so a Baco is simply a twist on a taco. There are five options offered; Pork Carnitas topped with pineapple salsa, Thai Chicken Curry topped with pickled Asian slaw served, Miso Braised Beef Short Rib topped with pineapple salsa, Soy Ginger Tofu topped with pickled Asian slaw (vegetarian) and Sofrito Marinated Shrimp topped with Asian slaw served. Mouth watering.
Each variation is served on a steamed Bao bun. If you aren't craving at least one of these while reading then you should...

Read More: http://2views1life.blogspot.com/2013/12/get-your-latinasian-on-by-ricardo.html

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
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“Hidden Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

This small place, hidden away in Chicago's financial district is a gourmet gem. Owner Amy Le moved here after a successful run with a food truck, and she has brought with her some of her best recipes and added much more. For a great start try the the tostones; twice fried plantains topic with delicious coconut aioli and pineapple salsa. The bahns (Vietnamese sandwiches) are to die for; pick curry chicken, or short rib, or roasted garlic pork...you cannot lose. The place also offers yummy tacos, hearty rice bowls, soups and salads. She also offers cinnamon or banana nutella beignets for breakfast. There's only seating for 12-16 people so either arrive early for lunch or carry-out. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank DBHChicago5
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leldel@optonline.net
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161 reviews
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“excellant downtown eatary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

small place but worth whatever wait they have.
Latin - Kind of. Chinese-Sort of. Tasty - Very.
Mix of Sandwiches and Bowls. They have a vegetarian line but it's about Pork.

  • Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Pork Ramen!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

This place it great, truly unique menu. Right in the financial district so if you're heading in right on the lunch hour, prepare you're self.. they'll be busy! So far I've tried the Sofrito Marinated Shrimp Baco (bao - taco!) and the pork ramen both were so good! I went back right the next day to order the same thing. The ramen is just delicious with big hunks of tender juicy pork and the broth has the right amount of spiciness. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Glad I found this place, can't wait to try their other items!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank 33_chewy_33
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Niagara
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“Fabulous Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

I had seen the Saucy Porka as part of a show on WGN called Chicago’s Best. We love spicier food and while on a trip to Chicago decided to stop by the Saucy Porka. We were able to fit in a stop at about 10:30 in the morning just before a walking tour of Chicago and met Amy Le, the owner and the one that had been interviewed by WGN. We ordered a spicy breakfast sandwich (Chorizo Egg Banh Mi) that just melted in your mouth, the Pork Ramen noodle bowl that my wife thought was to die for and the Soy Ginger Tofu Bao that was awesome tasty.
It was a pleasure to talk to Amy (fortunately it was a slow time) and the food was amazing. Make it a stop, you won’t regret it!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank EddieNiagara
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