Hai Thu Dao is from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where she lived for 29 years. Hanoi is in the country’s northern region, whereas most of Belgium’s Vietnamese restaurants offer food influenced by Southern Vietnam. The Vietnamese cuisine of Hai Thu is closer to street food, which is most common in Northern Vietnam and includes the famous Pho. This soup has no written recipe, only an oral tradition, and typically features ingredients like chicken, vegetables, coconut and beef, plus dim sum and other typical flavours of Asian street food.