Vegan chef and Portland Monthly cover star Thuy Pham has made waves not only for her Vietnamese cuisine and advocacy for BIPOC communities, but for her nearly unprecedented trajectory into Portland’s restaurant scene. The former hair stylist went from making vegan pork belly on Instagram Live in March 2020 to selling out of batches weekly through Instagram DMs. Just months later, in November, she opened her first brick-and-mortar restaurant on SE Morrison. Today—about a year after her culinary journey started—Pham announced via Instagram Live that she had just signed a lease on a new space, and plans to open a second location of Mama Dút Foods in the Alberta neighborhood.
“I hope with the second location that I could provide more support to our community, another safe space for all of us to be, so thank you, thank you from the deepest parts of my heart,” Pham says.
Details on the opening date and exact location are forthcoming.
“I hope that by seeing a Vietnamese refugee who is also a woman in this community thrive, I hope that that can give everyone else inspiration, that we all have power.”