From Our Editors
Chef Tuan Truong and his wife, Lien Pham, cook what they know: yellow curries and pho soup from their native Vietnam. But that’s only the beginning. The ambitious duo also draws culinary inspiration from countries across Asia, from the fiery coconut curries of Thailand to the marinated barbecue beef of Korea. Whether their recipes detour to India or Indonesia, the couple works exclusively with organic vegetables and housemade sauces, favoring spices such as fresh cilantro, fragrant lemongrass, and hot chili peppers. They fold tender cuts of beef, chicken, and prawns into a variety of curry, rice, and noodle dishes while pots of tom yum soup bubble on the stove. To craft the Saigon crepe that was lauded by the Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald, the skilled chefs cook the light batter “until its edges are crisp and lacy,” then stuff it with a mélange of chicken, prawns, chinese mushrooms, and bean sprouts.
Diners sip on warm sake out in the bright dining room, where lanterns made of red, pink, and yellow paper dangle from the ceilings. An accommodating wait staff bustles about the booths and tables, suggesting dishes and taking note of special dietary preferences, such as a fondness for extra spice or a request that all vegetables be cut into the shape of favorite farm animals.