MORRISVILLE — Song and Phuong Nguyen want people to enjoy tasting the Vietnamese cuisine they serve at their restaurant. Thus the name – Taste.
Phuong Nguyen hopes customers leave the eatery, which opened in January, with a new appreciation for the flavors of her native Vietnam.
“I like to hear them they say they’re full and the food is good and that they’re happy,” she said. “As long as they’re happy, I’m happy.”
Here, Phuong Nguyen talks more about Taste.
Q: Why did you open a Vietnamese restaurant in Morrisville?
There are no Vietnamese restaurants here, and I would really like to introduce people to our food.
Q: What do you want people to know about Vietnamese cuisine?
Our food is very healthy. It’s very light, yet very filling. You won’t find a lot of grease, and after you eat, you’re full. Most of the food is grilled, not fried.
We have variety, such as soup and rice, vermicelli and even sandwiches. Everything we do with passion and with all of our hearts and minds, so that’s why I personally feel that our food just tastes different than everybody else’s.
Q: Is there an item on your menu that you’re most proud of?
We’re most proud of our vermicelli grilled pork. That’s our best dish because you will not find it anywhere. The way we make it is very tasty and it has different flavors – sweet, salty and a little aroma of the grill.
That dish is very popular in Saigon. We make it as if we’re eating it at home.
If you come in and order vermicelli grilled pork, then we grill the pork right there and then. Everything is made to order and fresh. I prefer that because everything is made right there for you, so it’s not premade. Nothing is dry or stale.
Q: Is pho a popular comfort food?
Our pho has gotten a lot of recognition with our repeat customers. I have a lot of customers come in and say they’re feeling down or they’re feeling sick. They come in and get a bowl of chicken or beef pho, and they say it just lifts them up. (Pho is a traditional Vietnamese dish of broth, meat and noodles made from rice.)
Q: What are your hopes for the restaurant?
I’m hoping that, as time goes, everybody would say, “Oh let’s go to Taste,” and they know exactly where we are and they know exactly what we have, and that, eventually, they’ll say, “Oh, I know what pho is.”
I’m just hoping that with the little place that we have here, we can broaden people’s appetites so they know what Vietnamese food is and what it tastes like. It’s not fusion, so it’s authentic Vietnamese.
Q: So you’re hoping to educate as well as please palettes?
Yes, when people talk about Vietnamese food, they don’t know what it is except maybe egg rolls.