Hung Huynh Says New York’s Vietnamese Restaurants Could Step It Up

Pho sure.
Pho sure. Photo: Patrick McMullan

Winner of the third season of Top Chef and chef at Catch and the General, Hung Huynh says the city’s Vietnamese foodscape doesn’t push the envelope as much as it could. “I think there’s not enough Vietnamese people in New York to open that niche,” he tells Serious Eats. “Vietnamese food is very particular — it’s got a raunchy flavor with fish sauce and it doesn’t appeal to the masses. What appeals to the masses is simple pho and pork chopped rice, so that’s what they opened in Chinatown. It’s to make a living, not to elevate the cuisine.” [Serious Eats NY, Earlier]