This new takeaway is bringing authentic Vietnamese street food to Northampton town centre
'It's worth it as if people come to us and try the food, they will taste the difference - it's very special'
The owner of a new takeaway in Northampton is hoping to bring an authentic taste of Vietnamese street food to the town centre.
Hanoi Corner on Bridge Street will be offering freshly-made food such as spring rolls, baguettes, known as banh mi, and more when it opens tomorrow (Thursday, April 15).
Linh Phuong Pham and her partner, who are originally from Vietnam, are behind the business and are excited for people to try the food selected from their favourite dishes.
"I want to have authentic flavours so we have to go to Vietnamese or Asian supermarkets to get the ingredients which can take time to find but I don't want to use any substitutes," she said.
"But it's worth it as if people come to us and try the food, they will taste the difference - it's very special."
Linh said she has always dreamed of setting up her own business, having studied management courses at the University of Northampton and National Economics University in Hanoi.
But the 35-year-old entrepreneur was not sure what kind until some classmates were so impressed by her and her partner's Vietnamese cooking during a dinner party.
Her masters degree in Northampton was in special events management but with the coronavirus pandemic drastically impacting the events industry, a takeaway made more sense.
So Linh is in charge of marketing and advertising while her partner does the cooking, which she hopes will be a winning formula.
"I think Northampton is quite an international place as I can see a lot of people from Asia, Africa and Europe and you have a lot of choice in food," she said.
"Next to me is a Chinese takeaway and there are loads of others so it's quite international and I think we're used to the Asian and Vietnamese food already.
"A lot of people seem to like it on social media too especially those who may have been to Vietnam on their travels."
Hanoi Corner's menu takes its inspiration from Vietnam's rich street food culture such as spring rolls, summer rolls, jasmine rice, rice vermicelli all with different meat, vegetarian and vegan options.
The banh mi are particularly important which can be filled with spiced chicken, spiced beef, crispy pork, succulent prawns and tofu.
Everything can be ordered by visiting the takeaway on Bridge Street, contacting them on social media or on the Just Eat app.
Linh said: "I'm really pleased to have our grand opening tomorrow as we've had support from lots of people and many have said they want to come so I'm expecting it to be busy but exciting."