Local Servings in Michigan: Pasong's Cafe is a seasonal menu with happy memories

Local Servings in Michigan: Pasong's Cafe is a seasonal menu with happy memories ...

SAGINAW, MI Tina Saycosie, owner of Pasong's Cafe, serves up a selection of memories.

Each item made in Saginaw's Old Town restaurant is a taste that brings her back in time, to every delicious bite that is served.

Some of the early associations for the 46-year-old woman include the love sparked in her mother's lunches, which she opened in 1986 and continues to check in on the operation she gave to her 15 years ago.

"It takes you home: That's what this food does for me," Saycosie said. "It makes everything feel better. I want to give that to my customers. That's why I keep this business going."

Saycosie, like so many other restaurant owners, transitioned to take-out service exclusively when the epidemic started in March 2020, despite being reduced from ten to five employees. She reduced her hours of operation.

The strong following for Pasong's Cafe kept the restaurant alive and kicking. Despite this, staff are focusing on takeout meals five days per week.

Saycosie's resilience is part of her life. Her earliest memories include fleeing with her mother as refugees from their homeland of Laos, where political conflicts and violence impacted the area years after American forces fleeted Vietnam. On Halloween of 1979, Saycosie said the community embraced her.

It's a genuine pride she said she continues to grow even after the epidemic.

"I'm amazed by the kindness and affection that has just been so bright," Saycosie said. "For people to trust us to cook for them during this time was and is an honor." Without this community, we cannot exist.

Saycosie has opened the restaurant from Tuesdays through Saturdays, although a holiday break will keep the restaurant closed until Thursday, April 21.

When it was first introduced, she stated that pho remains one of the most popular items on her menu, proving that she often encourages regular customers to explore other options.

This gai boun is a coconut curry soup formerly known as coconut curry soup. It also includes rice noodles, chicken, lime leaf, ginger, sliced cabbage, green onions, and cilantro.

Saycosie said she put the item on the menu shortly after her mother, 64-year-old Pasong Saycosie-King, handed over the reins of the restaurant. Regardless, Saycosie directly associates the meal with her family.

Its something we like to eat at home, especially on the weekends, Saycosie said. It just has all the flavors. It has the creamy notes, the sweeter notes, and savory notes, too. Its so good.

Saycosie said she expects to reopen the dining room at some point. In the meantime, she and her staff tailor meals so that her food remains as delectable when customers dine at home as it would if customers ate at the restaurant.

People can mix the prepared noodles with the prepared sauces and spices when they sit down to eat at their dinner table, maintaining that straight-from-the-kitchen tangy.

"We want you to make sure you feed us correctly when you invest your money in us to feed you," Saycosie said. "I don't want you coming home disappointed. We want you to feel positive; not just how you feel when you're eating the food, but how you feel after youve eaten it. We want you to remember the foods we used for you."

After a Christmas break, Pasong's Cafe will reopen Thursday, April 21, and will be open again.

On Tuesdays, regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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To get takeout from Pasong's Cafe, call (989) 791-5008. A group of people may also order takeout at the restaurant, located at.

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