Anh and Chi
[/ aĭŋ / ænd / tʃi/]: noun / conjunction / noun
- Elder brother and elder sister of the same family;
- respectful form of address for a friend or a even a stranger, man or woman respectively, generally above one’s age; address for fellow members of the same community;
- an award-winning and vibrant hub at 3388 Main Street in Vancouver, BC – to eat, drink and gather over authentic Vietnamese fare and tasteful cocktails made from fresh and local ingredients with culture, love and excitement.
Vincent Nguyễn & Amélie Nguyễn
- Photo by Richie Lubaton
Vincent Nguyễn, Brother Chef & Owner
Amélie Nguyễn, Sister & Co-founder
Vincent and Amélie were born to Vietnamese refugees and raised in Vancouver, BC. Amélie is an academic in health, passionate to tell stories that inspire thought, compassion and change. Vincent was a medical school drop out whose drive for legacy, and passion for food and design, committed the brother and sister duo to advance Vietnamese cuisine in Vancouver. Together, they created the highly acclaimed and beloved Anh and Chi.
Lý Nguyên, Mother & Executive Chef
Chef Lý grew up in her mom's Saigon café, a place where people gathered, ate, and expressed themselves. Grandma's shop played pre-1975 Nhac Vang "Yellow music" – songs of peace, prosperity and freedom – which were then banned throughout the country. Her café became a hub for artists, musicians and the whole community.
Fast forward 40 years, her family’s recipes, dream for freedom, and love for bringing people together have reached the Pacific Northwest. Lý not only established one of the most iconic restaurants in Vancouver, but also continues to reimagine Vietnamese cuisine with the next generation at Anh and Chi. She is thrilled to pass on her culinary "secrets" to her children so she can (finally) retire and hang out in her garden with the new love of her life - her grandchildren!
- Photo by Angel Lynne
Lý & Hoàng Nguyên, 1991
- Photo courtesy of Nguyên Family Archives
Standing on the Shoulders of the Giant
Hoàng & Lý Nguyen arrived in Canada as boat people from Vietnam in 1980. They created the iconic Pho Hoàng, which was the first ever and longest standing Pho speciality house in Vancouver.
Our parents were self-trained chefs, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Like the majority of Canadians who have settled here from another country, they have taught us to start where we are, use what we have, and do what we can. What they did out of necessity and courage has become a strong foundation propelling us forward. Their shoulders are what we stand on.
Anh and Chi is a tribute to our parents, friends and family who have helped us and families alike, along the way.
~ Amélie & Vincent
Anh and Chi is a vibrant, cultured and hip hub to eat, drink and connect. It represents countless brothers and sisters, across generations and boarders, who share their talent, passion, and a vision for Vietnamese fare.
Miguel ArraisGM & Wine Director
The best part of working in hospitality is bringing people together from all walks of life to share food, culture and special moments. Everyday I am reminded of memories from eating my way through Vietnam. The best part of our community at Anh and Chi is that everyone is an extension of Family. Favourite Dish: Lemongrass Coconut Clams.
I enjoy the social aspect of hospitality. With respect to Anh and Chi, I am grateful for being a part of this big family, supporting and giving me the opportunity to grow and learn different aspects of the restaurant industry. Favourite dish: Lemongrass Coconut Clams - I really enjoy dipping the bread in this beautiful and flavourful sauce. It reminds me how I used to enjoy my family meal in France.
The hospitality industry has provided me with many amazing things. Most importantly, being able to connect with people, whether through a memorable guest experience or establishing incredible friendships. Anh and Chi has opened me to a whole new way of connecting with people, which is through community. It is such a pleasure to be welcomed with open arms into the Main Street food scene. Favourite dish: Yellow Lemongrass Curry - just the right amount of spice, and a rich and delicious flavour.
Caleb LopezBar Manager
I’m obsessed with good food and drink and being in the hospitality industry has given me the opportunity to not only taste many good things, but also create many good things. I love bouncing new ideas off the team; everyone is always excited to see what’s coming next. My favourite drink right now is the Mẹ’s Garden Martini, fresh and light with a touch of grapefruit and a light breathe of mezcal. And by far my favourite dish is the Bánh Xèo, a delicious Vietnamese crepe that you wrap in greens and herbs!