T and D Noodle House: A Legacy of Love for the Next Generation
Thien Truong and Diep Tran came to Canada in 1992 as refugees, sponsored by a relative in Edmonton. They came from Hong Kong, where they had gone to escape the Vietnam War and where their two daughters were born. Their youngest daughter, Laura, was only five when they came to Edmonton and doesn’t remember the refugee camp or the journey, only that Canada was very welcoming.
Laura, who is working on a business degree, is running the T and D Vietnamese Noodle House her parents opened in 2013 at 8405 118th Avenue. The family lived in the 118 Avenue area when they first arrived, moved away, and then came back during the revitalization when they saw an opportunity to start a business.
Laura has noticed a real change in the area in the intervening years and says it’s a lot safer now. Property values have gone up. There’s a very diverse population. She also appreciates the art on the Avenue and the festivals.
“It’s one big, happy family,” she says. “Everybody is really friendly. A lot of people know each other.”
The family is still very involved in the restaurant. “My mom is a chef and my sister-in-law, Sophoan Heang, works in the Noodle House part-time.
Most items on the menu are traditional, although perhaps not as spicy as they might be in Vietnam. “We try to keep the food as authentic as possible,” Laura says.
The Noodle House is spotless and provides a serene atmosphere to enjoy an important aspect of the Vietnamese culture—the cuisine.
Owning and operating a restaurant is a lot of work. “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” Laura says, “but when you’re working for yourself, it doesn’t really feel like work.”
She recognizes that she owes her parents a lot for their years of hard work, moving to a new country where they didn’t know the language, taking whatever jobs they could to support their family and looking for business opportunities so they could smooth the way for their children.
This special community project became reality through the creative efforts of:
Justin Brunelle | Moving Artistry Productions
Weyme Teeter | Video Editor
David Baron | Cinematographer
Shirley Serviss | Writer
The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group
Christy Morin | Project Producer
Allison Argy-Burgess | Project Coordinator