Catching up with Hien and Huong, Owners of Z Asian – Vietnamese Kitchen after their MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand Award

Past 7 days, Z Asian- Vietnamese Kitchen was awarded the coveted MICHELIN Manual Bib Gourmand in the initial at any time MICHELIN Guidebook for Florida, one particular of 7 restaurants in Orlando to be awarded this honor.

There’s problems with the MICHELIN Guide, as with any process that judges dining establishments centered on conditions partly developed around a century in the past. But even now, it is an honor, and ideally with extra nudging the manual will carry on to reform.

I read the Michelin Inspector’s review of the restaurant and anything bothered me.

Dia nho…that is not a dish I have listened to of before…a bok choy dish? Some thing must be mistaken – dia nho signifies basically “small dish”. Is this some joke by Z Asian or did the Michelin staff improperly and carelessly connect with a bok choy dish by the wrong identify?

I experienced to know – and it was a good justification to capture up with the group – so I drove more than to Z Asian and fulfilled up with husband and spouse house owners Hien Pham (who is also a Lockheed Engineer, and a guide member for a regional prolonged time Vietnamese band) and Huong Nguyen (direct chef proprietor).

On the night of the Michelin Manual awards, Hien was truly at home repairing his guitar in preparing for an future charity reward concert in Tampa – the two had no idea about the awards till a friend called them and asked them if they had heard the information – they experienced gained a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guidebook.

I questioned him – so what is this dia nho thing? – Huong responded, it is a group of dishes – smaller and huge plate. Tiny plates is dia nho, which could also mean road foodstuff – but certainly does not necessarily mean bok choy. Perhaps a very simple mistake, with any luck , they rectify. It does not make feeling to me to even use a Vietnamese identify for a typically Chinese dish but confident – certainly.

If you go, definitely attempt out their appetizer menu – particularly the grilled squid, served with a great spicy green herb sauce, and the banh khot – like little bite sized bits ofcrunchy banh xeo rice crepe.

They have been fairly slammed considering that the Michelin Award, with from time to time 2 hour lengthy waits. With the difficulty in the labor sector, source shortages, and so on. it has been a pretty exhausting time for the team – so be sure to have some grace and mercy if you go to soon.

Delicious Chomps Interview with Hien Q Pham and Huong Nguyen of Z Asian – Vietnamese Kitchen

Tasty Chomps: How did you obtain out about successful the Michelin award for Bib Gourmand this week? How did you truly feel?

We discovered out by buddies and prospects congratulating us Thursday evening. We felt excited, honor, and blessed to be preferred by Michelin. Our dedications for the duration of the very last 3 decades given that the grand openings bought us exactly where we are these days.

Photograph by JC Casano

Tasty Chomps: What has the impression been so far with the announcement of Michelin Bib Gourmand at Z?

The effects has been extremely optimistic, busier than ever since the announcement. We’re performing by means of the logistics and staffing, to ensure the delivery of good quality foodstuff and service to our supporting buyers.

Banh Khot

Tasty Chomps: What is your culinary qualifications? How did you understand to prepare dinner and what encounters stick out to you?

Huong Nguyen is the main chef at Z Asian – her family members has been in the Pho restaurant small business for the past 30 years in Boston, MA.

She had years of coaching as a chef from currently being all-around the family’s enterprise. Prior to the improvement of Z Asian, Huong also had the alternatives to be experienced by other cooks (Chinese, Japanese sushi, and Thai cuisines). The working experience that impacted her the most even though was the family company.

Huong also had activities in Manhattan NYC in a past occupation as a economic analyst.

What do you really like about foods?

The love for food items is a ought to as owner and the key chef. The most gratifying practical experience of being in the business, is actually supplying quality foodstuff and exploring to occur up with new meals merchandise.

What are your most preferred merchandise right now at Z?

Pho, Bun Bo Hue, and Mit Vit Tiem. We hope our buyers will examine other amazing products these as Vietnamese avenue foods and our plant-based vegan menu.

Photograph by JC Casano

What are some of your potential options?

When we think of Vietnam, we believe of fresh seafood and street foods. We’re seeking to increase our current menu to carry clean seafood and further preferred Vietnamese road foods to nearby prospects. Pho and considerably extra will be our concentrate heading into the up coming 2-3 months.

What are your preferred avenue food things on the menu?? Why?

Hien: my favorites are the street food grilled squid, banh khot, chim chut (roast quail), ngheu hap Xa (clams steamed with lemongrass). Another favourite is the Bap xao bo –  Butter corn, with extra fried smaller shrimps and scallions.

Huong will be bringing new road food stuff dishes to the menu soon, which she enjoys to take in, which is plenty of Vietnamese seafood – snail and clam dishes.

When we walk the streets of Vietnam like in the city of Saigon, there is so substantially seafood. We do not know why but in the US, most Vietnamese places to eat provide just Pho, bun bo hue, and have the identical goods. We want to bring in street foodstuff and seafood to the place. Vietnamese delicacies is considerably more than the standard soups.

Our mission is receiving the Z era to explore Vietnamese foods outside of the principles.


Z Asian – Vietnamese Kitchen
1830 East Colonial Dr. Ste B
Orlando, FL
Tuesday- Sunday: 11am – 9pm
Monday: Shut