Originally from the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, Dang Thi Thuy learned to make authentic phô broth after she moved to Arizona with her husband, Tom, using Skype with friends and family in Vietnam for advice. Even though Thuy cooks at home, it wasn’t a dream of hers to open a restaurant. When an opportunity arose to take over a pizzeria that was going out of business, she grabbed it; within two months she was ready for customers.
The Bisbee community has welcomed her with open arms, and for good reason. Thuy focuses on making food that’s healthy, delicious, and as genuine as one might find in Vietnam. She uses only the freshest ingredients available and doesn’t believe in shortcuts. She even makes her own coconut milk, as she dislikes the flavor of the canned variety.
“Thuy’s food is always delicious and perfectly balanced. Everything she makes is memorable,” says Keenan Reed, a friend and customer.
Phô, the ubiquitous noodle soup dish of Vietnam, is the star of the menu. When customers suggested she include a vegan phô, she waited to start offering it until she had perfected the broth. What makes Thuy’s phô distinctive is the addition of rice paddy herb and cilantro garnishes, but you also get the common accompaniments of Thai basil, lime, and bean sprouts. Both the beef and vegan phô have complex flavors and are substantial, so come to Thuy’s with an appetite.
Other items on the menu include summer rolls (non-vegan and vegan), spring rolls, Vietnamese iced coffee, sweet-sour limeade, and made-from-scratch cassava cake for dessert. Thuy also offers one or two weekly specials and hopes to be able to include more of her favorite dishes in the near future.
Thuy has a warm and friendly presence and seeing people enjoy the food she cooks makes her happy. She wants to keep her restaurant small because she appreciates the family oriented feel—she says the support of the community inspires to keep doing her best. ✜
9 Naco Rd., Bisbee, AZ. 520.366.4479. facebook.com/ThuysNoodleShop