Photos by Amanda Oster, Ben Nelms and Vy Tran
Hours: Daily 11am – late
(Open from 5pm until late on the last Tuesday of every month)
Take out orders in person or call 604 874 0832
Vincent Nguyen | Brother & Owner
Amelie Nguyen | Sister & Supporter
Ly Nguyen | Mother & Chef
Guy Stowell | Bar Manager
Anh and Chi is a vibrant, cultured and hip hub to eat, drink and connect. It represents the countless brothers and sisters, across several generations, who share their talent, passion, and a vision for Vietnamese fare.
Our mom grew up in grandma’s café, which was a space for people to gather, eat and express themselves. Her shop played pre-1975 Nhac Vang music – songs of peace, prosperity and freedom – which were then banned throughout the country. Grandma’s café became a hub for artists, musicians and the whole community. Fast forward 40 years, our family’s recipes have reached beyond Saigon and into Seattle and Vancouver.
Our vision is to continue to share Vietnamese cooking and culture with our greater community – our brothers and sisters. Our uncle once said, “No matter where we are in Vietnam, we are all from the same mother.” It’s never been truer, regardless of where we are in the world. We certainly have felt this way growing up in BC. It’s our turn to share with you the warm welcome, rich history and fresh ingredients found in Vietnamese cuisine and culture.
Anh and Chi (noun / conjunction / noun) 1. Elder brother and elder sister of the same family; 2. 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; 3. A cultured, vibrant hub at 3388 Main Street in Vancouver – a place to gather, eat, drink and share authentic Vietnamese recipes from many brothers’ and sisters’ kitchens, assembled with fresh and local ingredients with love and excitement.
History of Anh and Chi | Thirty-three years ago our parents arrived in Canada as boat people from Vietnam. With limited English, great responsibility, and deep nostalgia for the people and places they left behind, our parents started making Pho out of their home. Friends and neighbours started to come together. What was a pop up shop in 1983 evolved into an iconic noodle shop on Main Street. For 33 years, our parents operated the first and longest standing Pho specialty house in the city, formally known as Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant. Their success was owed to our community who wanted to try something new (and familiar for some). Like many families who have settled in a new country, they have taught us to start where we are, use what we have and do what we can. What our parents did out of necessity became a strong foundation for us moving forward. Their shoulders are what we stand on. Anh and Chi is a tribute to our parents, family and friends who have helped us along the way, and a celebration for many families who continue to pave the way for the generations to come.