“As a child we had nothing and the value of every meal, therefore, was so important to us – this has shaped my love and perspective on food.”
Born in a small village in the south of Vietnam, Thuy was surrounded by food and she grew up amidst livestock and fresh produce, with a wonderful variety of fruits, morning markets with freshly picked vegetables and the smells of traditional street food. It’s these memories that are the foundation of her food philosophy and culinary creations, and her landmark London restaurant, The Little Viet Kitchen, brings this true taste of Vietnamese cuisine to Islington. It is here that Thuy, along with her husband Dave, has created a dining experience combining the best of restaurateur precision and flair with the comforts of the home kitchen.
Embracing all elements of Vietnamese cuisine, Thuy’s food enhances and showcases the natural textures and flavours of the organic ingredients she uses. Having moved to the UK aged seven, Thuy has a distinctive approach to Vietnamese cooking in the West, with an authentic core knowledge of Vietnamese culture and a deft understanding of the London restaurant and foodie scene, all of which is brought to life in these pages.
Offering a fresh approach and insight into how to make the best of classic dishes and Vietnamese family favourites, it is Thuy’s expertise and memories that are the heart of each and every recipe. This book delves into Thuy’s journey from Vietnam to England, celebrating her love of Vietnamese cooking, culture and way of life and tantalizing the reader’s tastebuds alongside their imaginations, turning everyone’s kitchen into a Little Viet Kitchen.
Beautiful photography by the brilliant David Loftus accompanies each recipe, all styled by Thuy herself.