Xin Chào! Welcome!
As a migrant from Vietnam, I keep searching for ‘real’ Vietnamese flavours and cooking in New Zealand – dishes that involve fresh ingredients and minimal use of dairy, oil and gluten, and which stay true to our food heritage.
Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide, with dishes that comprise complementary textures and a heavy reliance on seafood, fish, herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats, fish or seafood, and the selective use of spices, it is possible to achieve exquisite flavours while retaining all the nutrients and vibrant colours in our dishes.
I am a food enthusiast. It is my great interest and ambition to bring traditional Vietnamese meals to our locals. Since opening in December 2015, Viet Kitchen has earned a reputation for its phở and for serving a mouth-watering array of high-quality Vietnamese dishes. Our food is so popular because it is healthy and nutritious while packed with fresh, clean flavours.
Authentic South Vietnamese Cuisine
The type of food available across the country changes because Vietnam is a long stretch of land with many different natural regions. The geography and differences in climate throughout the country influence the types of dishes available regionally. Most of the time, the differences are rather noticeable, even to an untrained tongue.
The warm weather and fertile soil of Southern Vietnam are excellent for market gardens, fruit trees and livestock. As a result, foods in southern Vietnam are often vibrant and flavourful, with liberal uses of garlic, shallots, and fresh herbs.
Dishes in Southern Vietnam are not as complicated as the cuisine of Central and Northern Vietnam and are lighter and much smoother on the tongue. People in the southern region use simpler ingredients to create their style of cuisine. The preference for sweetness in Southern Vietnam can also be seen through the widespread use of coconut milk and sugar in their cuisine.
Thanks to their geographic location, being surrounded by thousands of rivers and an extensive coastline, the cuisine in Southern Vietnam consists predominantly of fish and seafood. And, as one finds in the other regions, people in the south always aim to prepare the most nutritious and tasteful meals. These dishes are not complicated to make but are deliciously complex in flavour, and for many they are simply their traditional, ordinary and everyday meals, but they embody the soul of the land and its culture.
Meet our team
Workaholic and food lover
‘Work’ and ‘work’ are the words that describe me! My mission is making sure every customer who leaves Viet Kitchen has a happy, satisfied smile and their face and a tummy full of goodness.
Demanding but with a big heart
Work hard and play hard! My daily goal is serving the greatest Vietnamese taste to Kiwis and have them come back for more. Word-of-mouth referral is our best form of marketing.