Sandwich Hag has been over 10 years in the making. But, it truly started when I was a kid growing up as my mom’s unofficial sous chef.
Tram Vo, my mother, was an amazing cook, who never spoke a lick of English and was extremely traditional in every sense of the word. She cooked everything from scratch. EVERYTHING. Right down to having me roast raw peanuts over the hot stove while removing its brown peel one peanut at a time. She said I spoke too loudly for a young lady; so helping in her kitchen was her goal to keep me quiet and lady-like. I smile every time I think about our banters, which I appreciate now more than ever.
We were polar opposites. Different in every way, except for when it came to food. The love & respect we both share for fresh Vietnamese cuisine, and how cooking and feeding the people we love, ultimately feeds our souls.
It wasn't until I left home as a young adult, that I developed my own cooking techniques and created dishes that became staples in my kitchen. Bold flavors and vibrant spices,
fresh ingredients, never taking any shortcuts...all while
respecting the integrity and heritage of Vietnamese cuisine.
My mom’s spirit resonates throughout my kitchen. Her strong will of perfection, highly skilled techniques using her hands, her fingers, all her senses without state of the art commercial equipment. Although my dishes are my own, my techniques are my own, my flavor preferences are my own, my will...my respect, for Vietnamese cuisine and the women before me, all stems from her. My Má.
I took the leap to open Sandwich Hag,
to honor and carry on my mother's tradition of making everything from scratch. So, whether you come from a small or big family, it doesn’t matter the size. Bonding over a meal together is a universal language that creates a natural sense of commUnity.
I invite you to come join me at our table & let me feed your hungry faces!
PS I have a no assholes rule. Be nice, cool, kind.
Executive chef & owner,