PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Nam Vietnamese Kitchen opened in University City in the summer of 2020, right in the heat of the pandemic.
They serve Vietnamese cuisine made fast and with high-quality ingredients.
They opened with hopes of feeding the masses of students and hospital workers once the world emerged from COVID-19.
The most popular dish is the pho. They make the Vietnamese rice noodle soup in a variety of flavors but the classic is beef with bone broth, so tender you can cut the meat with a spoon.
And Director of Operations Chuong Nguyen says it's the best hangover cure.
Nguyen came to Philadelphia from DC.
He used to run high-end James Beard award-winning and Michelin Star restaurants.
But when COVID hit, he lost his job and moved to Philadelphia where he met his wife, had a baby and found work that taps into his cultural heritage.
His favorite dish is the vermicelli noodles with tamarind marinated and grilled shrimp and lemongrass chicken. He says it reminds him of his mom's cooking.
They also do a banh mi of the day and the menu is in both English and Vietnamese with proper pronunciations to make it fun and to school people on the proper way to say pho.
No matter how you say it, it's still delicious.
3816 Chestnut St Unit 8, Philadelphia, PA 19104