The story of GẠO started in 1992 when a widowed Vietnamese woman named Hương Võ decided to migrate to America with her 5 children: 2 sons and 3 daughters. After 6 months in a refugee camp, her family finally arrived in Northern California. She had only $100 in her pocket. After many months searching, she found a job working as a waitress in a Vietnamese restaurant. Even though the hours were long, the work was hard, she managed well. She also made time to attend a community college to get her associate degree in accounting.
In 1998, after many years of saving she partnered up with her cousin to open her first restaurant in Newark, California. Her sons also started to work there. In 2000, she ventured out on her own and bought her own restaurant in Sunnyvale, California. In 2001 her oldest son graduated from college and he too followed her footsteps to open his restaurant in Hayward, California. it was during that time her son obtained his M.B.A in marketing finance and together they started to dream bigger. They started to open more Vietnamese restaurants and all have been successful.
They believe in serving fresh and healthy dishes. Their vision is to bring Vietnamese foods to people of all nationalities around the world.
In 2014 her son and his family moved to Cumming, Georgia. After many discussions, Hương finally agreed to move as well. With her move, she is bringing her many years of cooking and serving Vietnamese foods and her passion for serving people to Georgia, particularly to Vickery Village.
Her whole stories will fill many pages and perhaps one day her stories will be told. Or if you are lucky, you will get to hear it in person.
GẠO literally means RICE
Rice has been grown in Vietnam for
thousands of years. Rice is considered the unofficial symbol of Vietnamese culture for a variety of reasons.
Many types of rice noodles are eaten throughout the day, whether it’s in PHỞ – a rice noodle soup – or in vermicelli with grilled pork or other meats. Rice is also made into rice paper and used to make salad rolls. Rice is grown all over Vietnam, particularly in the Mekong Delta in the south, which can grow enough rice to feed the entire Vietnamese population of 95 million people, with plenty of leftovers. Rice appears at breakfast, lunch, dinner, in snacks and in many desserts and puddings. Some examples include rice noodles, rice paper rolls, sticky rice, steamed rice, rice porridge, fried rice, puffed rice snacks and rice wine. Rice is also used for worshipping in many Vietnamese temples? The grain, a staple of the national diet, is seen as a “Gift from God.”