Que Viet Village House

Chef’s Story

My earliest memory in our kitchen was standing on a blue plastic milk crate, barely reaching the sink, washing the dishes. In those days, bringing your child to work meant your child would work. I studied my mom, mentally taking notes on how she created her recipes without ever officially measuring anything, claiming it was the “Vietnamese way of cooking.” In her 20s and only 90lbs, her dedication amazed me as she worked non-stop, 7 days a week. Controlling the kitchen came naturally to her and I think somehow as the years passed—through osmosis—it transferred to me. Since I started running the restaurant in 1996, I often get asked what has kept us open all these years. In my head, I think of answers like dedication and hard work, but my reply has always been…EGG ROLLS—the foundation of our restaurant. We have used the same recipe for over 40 years, never skipping any steps, maintaining the integrity of our famous dish. To this day, I still peel carrots and cut onions by hand in addition to grinding our pork in house to prepare each batch. However, I finally have a measured recipe for the seasoning (don’t tell my mom).

As I watch my children help me and my wife in the kitchen at Que Viet, I secretly wonder which one of them will follow in my mom and my footsteps. I take pride as we grow from a small family restaurant, to our famous egg rolls being an item at Que Viet Concessions, one of the top vendors at the Minnesota The State Fair. It has to be from our dedication and hard work. (Just kidding, it is mostly from the egg rolls.) Really, the egg roll is the epitome of dedication and hard work. I promise never to change that recipe at Que Viet or any of our future ventures. 

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In 1980, my grandpa saw a restaurant for sale as he biked to work.

He came home to tell my mother, My Le. She immediately loved the idea and took the leap of faith that started our family’s imprint in northeast Minneapolis. We were the second Vietnamese restaurant to open in MN, and we are the longest running restaurant to date. When we first opened, customers would dine right on the counter of the cash register. Worried that we would not survive if customers did not accept our Vietnamese menu, my mother decided to keep the old restaurant’s menu, offering hamburgers and breakfast. To this day, we still have customers coming in and telling us that as children they would order a hamburger while dining, until they finally tried an egg roll. My mother was truly a master of adaption from the very beginning. In a few months, lines formed around the block for our new little Vietnamese menu. Eventually, we expanded into the entire building, all thanks to everyone’s love and support from the very beginning. We have a family that has dined with us every Monday since 1980. We have children that celebrate their groom’s dinner with us because their parents’ first date was here. We have brought highchairs out for couples that used to sit in those same high chairs as children. We have loved hearing all the stories shared with us throughout the years and pray that we will continue to be a part of your family as you have been a part of ours.

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2211 Johnson Street NE Minneapolis, MN


45.010066091146, -93.236948461932


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Opening Hours


11:00-2:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm


11:00-2:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm


11:00-2:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm


11:00-2:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm


11:00-2:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm


11:00-2:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm



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