My tummy was never once full in our whole life until two years after we came to Australia. Our family was from the poorest place in Vietnam that you could find, and when I was growing up, most of our food consisted of stuff collected from the side of the road, if you could find some.
When I was 8 years old, a few brothers and I escaped in my oldest brother’s boat with about 40 other close family and friends. After 3 nights at sea, we reached an island named Bidong, where we were eventually interviewed and accepted as refugees to Australia. I’ve done a lot of things in my life. I’ve been a DJ mostly, and then I owned a nightclub in Adelaide, but when my son was born, I wanted to change my lifestyle so I became a carpenter. Finally, I decided I wanted to open a restaurant, to make sure that my children would always have food to eat.
We’re very happy here at Phonatic, and our motto is, ‘You come in as a customer but you walk out as a friend.’