It’s emotional because of Duong’s care for her customers, employees and each and every ingredient she uses. Her restaurant is also an homage to her late mother, who she says would be proud.
“The last bite will be just as good as the first, if not better,” Chef Duong said. It’s why at Sandwich Hag, she has a no-modifications policy. She says she shouldn’t have to explain or change the way she likes her dishes.
Chef Duong is unapologetically loud and proud of the culture she shares.
“So much more than cooking good food is creating a space where everybody feels safe when they’re here and they want to come here because it is a celebration of who we are as a people,” said Duong.