If you ever visited the Vietnamese restaurant, Viet Bistro in Vineland, NJ in the past, then you would have recognized the owner, Nhan, otherwise known as “Forever Young.” She has that name because she says that eating Vietnamese food helps with keeping people stay younger, longer. She is warm, inviting and extremely friendly. She cares about her customers and the quality of her food very much. From the time you enter the restaurant and to the end of your meal, she is attentive, and walking around to make sure her customers are happy with their orders and their experience having Vietnamese food.
Nhan sold Viet Bistro in the Vineland, NJ location about 2 years ago. In it’s place has come a new restaurant, named Viet Pho in Deptford, NJ this 2018. It’s because of the way she handles her business and sincere care for people, that customers have followed her to her new restaurant in Deptford, NJ. It is slated to officially open in the next few weeks and what better way to begin a new venture than to have a group of dedicated customers already lined up to celebrate and eat at Nhan’s restaurant on day 1!
I happened to live close to Deptford, NJ and had heard about a new Vietnamese place in the area, so I drove up a few days earlier, just to see if it was open yet. While looking at the restaurant, I saw Nhan (the owner) run out of the restaurant with a menu and head towards my car. I opened the window, she introduced herself and then started telling me about her restaurant and that they were just in the final stages of inspections before they had an official opening date. She asked me a few questions about my experience with Vietnamese food and what I did for a living and a few minutes later, she graciously invited me to her Media Tasting Event Friday evening, (2/16/18).
I’m very glad I went because Nhan served everyone at the event a great selection of authentic Vietnamese fare. She is a passionate person and you can tell from the way she speaks about her culture, traditions and food – she is truly excited about her new restaurant, Viet Pho. She shared stories about how she met each one of her staff members – which by the way, have all followed her from one location to the next, all these years. Talk about dedication and loving your boss!
In addition to her delicious food and great hospitality/ service, I was really impressed at her desire to be involved in her local community. She has cooked for people in the homeless areas of Camden. She supports programs for children/adults with special needs, specifically at the Pineland School for Autism in the Philadelphia area. She offers help and services to various fundraisers/charities as well.
In my opinion, we need to support and promote businesses similar to Viet Pho because they take the time to support and promote others in our local community. I really enjoy hearing about businesses that are successful, but I truly love hearing about owners of successful businesses who make it a point to give back to their fellow community. Nhan is a prime example of this.
Her food speaks for itself too. It is fresh, seasoned and has the delicious Vietnamese flavors that will make you want to come back for more – fresh veggies, tender meats that are seasoned very well, delicious sauces that accompany many dishes and a comforting and relaxing environment in the heart of a busy shopping area.
As a matter of fact, here are pictures of the dishes served up at the tasting event – nothing short of delicious! :o)
The sweet potato spring roll was one of my favorites of this platter. It had a crispy, flakey red covering and the inside was soft sweet potato – the combination of the two textures was perfect and the taste was even better! Definitely worth the try!
The meat in these rolls were seasoned so well. My favorite was the grilled, marinated pork roll. It just had this amazing semi-sweet, smoky, BBQ-style of flavor that was enhanced even more when dipped into the sauce. Next time, I think I’ll order a plate for dinner AND one to go!
The meat was tender and seasoned perfectly, inside these grape leaves! Plus, the grape leaves gave the meat this extra “wow factor” that was so good. It was a dish I didn’t know was part of Vietnamese cuisine because usually we think of “grape leaves” in Greek-influenced dishes. This was a cool and delicious history lesson, I was very happy to learn!
This was my first time having oxtail in a pho soup and the meat was really tender and flavorful. Usually, I’ve had oxtail in Jamaican-influenced meals. If you haven’t tried oxtail before OR Vietnamese food, this would be definitely be a fun, new way to try it out.
If oxtail isn’t your thing – don’t worry. Viet Pho has other pho soups that are less intimidating for you! :O)
And lastly, for dessert..
Overall – I really enjoyed the food I tried here. I believe Viet Pho is going to be very successful as long as they continue to serve fresh and authentic food. Plus, the restaurant offers VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE options for their customers.
I believe that with the passion and dedication that Nhan already possesses- she will be in business for a very long time!
Keep a look out for opening day in a few weeks!
Hopefully I’ll see you at the restaurant someday! Or, if you go and have a dish you really love, you can tag me on IG @cmspiceculture. :O)