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What is a Sawleaf?

Sawleaf, which in Vietnamese is “ngò gai” (pronounced “ngaw guy”), is a key ingredient that heightens the fragrance and flavor of our phở. Each leaf is unique, comes directly from the base of the plant, and harbors a rich, bold zest. These thick, jagged leaves, which are also known as culantro, long coriander and spiritweed, are appreciated worldwide for a variety of uses, but we think they go best in a hot bowl of phở!

Our commitment to serving great Vietnamese food

We are committed to making food that not only tastes great, but also is healthy and served quickly.  Our recipes have been passed down for generations and are made with a modern twist, while exhibiting traditional flavor profiles. We use only the highest quality ingredients, never add MSG to any of our dishes. We also have plenty of vegetarian-friendly options available, which are denoted with a symbol.

 Your health is important and we promise to do our part to help you thrive while serving you great Vietnamese food.

Our menu features a selection of flavorful, classic Vietnamese dishes prepared with our own flare.  Our food is prepared fresh with the highest quality ingredients, and we never add MSG to any of our dishes.


Vietnamese food - pho

Your choice of:

  • Premium Beef
  • Savory Chicken
  • Succulent Shrimp
    (Only At Anaheim Packing House)
  • Soy-Garlic Tofu vegetarian

Our signature dish! Made daily from scratch using premium proteins and fresh herbs. Each protein is served in its own unique broth, which undergoes 12+ hours of meticulous simmering to create unique, intense flavors. Served over rice noodles, sliced white onion, chopped spring onion, cilantro and sawleaf, our pho is accompanied by a side of traditional Vietnamese herbs and garnishes – lime, bean sprouts, Thai basil, and jalapeños.

Pronounced “fuh,” pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup.  We add special herbs and spices including star anise, ginger and cloves to make your pho just the way you like it: delicious.

Make sure to try our new deluxe version of our beef pho! This deluxe bowl comes with two cuts of premium beef: round eye & sautéed flank steak.


Vietnamese food - banh mi

Your choice of:

  • Premium Flank Steak
  • Lemongrass Chicken
  • Soy-Garlic Tofu vegetarian

Think of banh mi as a Vietnamese sub sandwich. Our version of this classic is served on a toasted artisanal 12″ baguette with your choice of protein, stuffed with fresh vegetables including pickled carrots, crisp bean sprouts and cilantro, and topped with a house-made tangy sriracha aioli sauce. Served with jalapeños upon request.


Vietnamese food - bun

Your choice of:

  • Lemongrass Beef
  • Lemongrass Chicken
  • Soy-Garlic Tofu vegetarian

Pronounced “boon,” think of it as a noodle salad.  We add the premium protein of your choice to a bed of vermicelli rice noodles topped with fresh herbs & vegetables including two egg roll bites, shredded pickled carrots, fresh green leaf lettuce, sliced cucumbers and Vietnamese mint leaves. Served with our house-made sweet chili dressing on the side.


Vietnamese food - rolls

Summer rolls:

  • Lemongrass Chicken (Only at Anaheim Packing House)
  • Shrimp & Pork
  • Soy-Garlic Tofu vegetarian

Delicious lighter options to share with friends or eat on the go!

Summer rolls

Green leaf lettuce, rice vermicelli noodles, picked carrots, crispy shallots and fresh Vietnamese mint all hand rolled in rice paper.  Served with a house-made dipping sauce.


Vietnamese food - fries

Loaded Sweet Potato Fries:

  • Cilantro Lime Shrimp
  • Lemongrass Chicken

Egg Roll Bites:

  • Shrimp & Pork

Our perfectly cooked sweet potato fries are topped with minced sautéed shrimp or pepper flank steak, chopped green onions, cilantro, sawleaf and a drizzle of our house-made sriracha aioli sauce.  Add a splash of fresh lime juice for a tangy citrus kick!

Egg roll bites

Glass noodles, wood ear mushrooms, shredded carrots, minced garlic and chopped onions fried to a golden brown perfection.  Served with our house-made sweet chili dipping sauce.


Specialty drinks:

  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee
  • Sparkling Mint Limeade
  • Cardamom Iced Tea

Other drinks:

  • Bruce Tea
  • Assorted Soft Drinks & Smart Water

Our Vietnamese Iced Coffee is house brewed with bold coffee flavor.  The perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

House-made with freshly squeezed limes and infused with finely chopped Vietnamese mint, our Sparkling Mint Limeade is served over ice and goes great with anything.

Cardamom Iced Tea is sweet and velvety made from loose black tea leaves to achieve a smooth and rich flavor.

Inspired by Bruce Lee’s personal recipes, Bruce tea is made with natural tea blends for mental and physical benefits.

Sawleaf Cafe Company Goals


In pursuit of fresher and faster Vietnamese food.


To make fresh and delicious modern Vietnamese food accessible to everyone


  • We are committed to making food that is great for your taste buds and your body!
  • We don’t cut corners when it comes to preparing your food or giving you the best possible experience.
  • We love everything Vietnamese, and want to share the bold flavors of its food and the friendly attitude of its people.
  • Giving back to our community is important to us.  We are always looking for ways to make a positive difference.
  • We strive to constantly improve our work and ourselves.  We welcome any feedback to make the Sawleaf experience better.
  • We want our guests and team members to be adventurous and try something new each day.  Live life and don’t forget to have fun!

Vietnamese food

Vietnamese food is one of the most diverse, delicious and healthy cuisines across the world.  From well known dishes like pho, banh mi, and spring rolls to lesser known ones like Ca Kho To (carmelized fish in clay pot) and Cháo (rice porridge), the flavor profiles in each dish are unique to Vietnam.

Broadly, Vietnamese dishes typically contain some combination of the following: rice, in many forms (steamed, sticky, noodles, pancakes, porridge), aromatic herbs (sawleaf, mint, cilantro, etc.), seafood, pork, beef, chicken, and tropical fruits (rambutan, banana, papaya, mango, etc.), with some borrowed flavors from French gastronomy and nearby countries like Cambodia, Thailand, and China. And don’t forget fish sauce, a popular flavoring ingredient, that is also used in Nước mắm, which is traditionally served with most dishes for dipping.

Most dishes fall under broad categories. “Bánh” (which generally translates to “bread” or “cake”) includes a wide variety of cakes, buns, sandwiches, and other food items, prepared in a variety of ways including steaming, baking, frying, and boiling. On the other hand, the “bún” family involves rice vermicelli in some form (whether with pork, as in bún chả, or the various noodle soups, such as bún rieu). “Gỏi” is synonymous with salad, and in Vietnam they’re typically made with things like mango or unripe green papaya.

The variety in Vietnamese food means there is no shortage of new things to try. We hope you’ll begin your journey at Sawleaf.

Vietnamese food culture

Like in many cultures around the world, food plays an important role in Vietnamese culture, too. In Vietnam, food and the consumption thereof, serves as a tool that allows families to strengthen ties and friends to reminisce and share new experiences. While there are many excellent restaurants throughout Vietnam, we believe street food in particular to be the most exciting and the best representation of the diversity that Vietnamese food offers.  Others happen to agree with us.

Eating and drinking on the streets is very popular in both large urban cities, like at the Ben Thanh night market in Ho Chi Minh City and throughout Hanoi, and smaller rural communities. Chefs and street food vendors prepare food on demand in front of customers and many street cafes provide seating (usually small plastic stools) on the sidewalk for diners to enjoy their meals, giving diners a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, both tourists and locals alike.

We’re doing our best to bring the best parts of the Vietnamese street food experience (especially the bright, bold flavors of the food, healthy ingredients, and fun element) west and give people the opportunity to experience something different! While nothing could replicate the actual experience of eating street food in Vietnam, we think eating at Sawleaf is the next best thing.


Help us support the Bruce Lee Foundation!

At Sawleaf Cafe we are fundraising for the Bruce Lee Foundation’s “75 For The 75th” Campaign, Giving Education for Bruce Lee’s 75th Birthday and raising $75,000 for the BLF Scholarship Program.

2015 is the 75th Anniversary of Bruce’s birth, and as his followers grow every year (including us!), so do the number of deserving scholarship applicants. Far too many students, young and old, miss out on the education they deserve because they simply can’t afford it. To celebrate Bruce Lee’s 75th Birthday the foundation’s goal is to raise $75,000 for the BLF Scholarship Program, so they can provide more financial relief to more students in years to come. The campaign will run from now until Bruce’s birthday on November 27th, 2015.

At Sawleaf we share Bruce Lee’s mission to support education, a healthy lifestyle, and community involvement. Hence we have committed to fund one scholarship of $1,000 for a deserving student. As a company we will donate all profits from each Bruce Tea sold at our restaurant but are hoping our team members and guests will also contribute to this great cause. The process is fast, easy, and secure. We truly appreciate any support you can provide. Let’s help students be the best versions of themselves!  Donate now by going to Sawleaf’s fundraising page!

If you can’t make a donation, help us reach our goal by sharing Sawleaf’s fundraising page on Facebook and Twitter! Check out the Bruce Lee Foundation online www / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram and use the #75ForThe75th hashtag to follow all the action.

Or, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to our page.

Thank you for your generosity. As Bruce Lee once said “If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help.”

Let’s do this!

August 11th, 2015|

Special offer!

During the weekend of 4/18 – 4/19, we are offering our 3 most popular items together for the special discounted price of $10.95! Get a small beef pho, 6″ beef banh mi and our signature sparkling limeade and see why people are talking about Sawleaf. Claim this facebook only offer, come see us at the Anaheim Packing House and discover Sawleaf.

April 8th, 2015|

We are located at the Anaheim Packing House

440 S. Anaheim Blvd.
1st Floor
Anaheim, CA 92805

Get directions to Anaheim Packing House

We also just opened at the Irvine Market Place!

13786-C Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602

Get Directions to Irvine Market Place

Sun. – Thurs.: 11a – 9p
Fri. – Sat.: 11a – 10p


Additional Southern California locations coming soon!

Get in touch!

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