Vietnamese food vendor Nguyen Thi Thanh (middle), dubbed the “Lunch Lady” by Anthony Bourdain, in the kitchen at  Lunch Lady, a Vancouver restaurant named after her and on whose opening she collaborated. Photo: Niko Myyra
Vietnamese food vendor Nguyen Thi Thanh (middle), dubbed the “Lunch Lady” by Anthony Bourdain, in the kitchen at Lunch Lady, a Vancouver restaurant named after her and on whose opening she collaborated. Photo: Niko Myyra

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Lunch Lady’ lands in Vancouver to see the restaurant cooking her Vietnamese recipes

  • Ho Chi Minh City food vendor Nguyen Thi Thanh was made famous as the ‘Lunch Lady’ by Anthony Bourdain in a 2008 episode of his show No Reservations
  • A collaboration with a Vietnamese Canadian led to a restaurant named after her opening in Vancouver, to which she gives full marks on a first visit to the city

Vietnamese food vendor Nguyen Thi Thanh (middle), dubbed the “Lunch Lady” by Anthony Bourdain, in the kitchen at  Lunch Lady, a Vancouver restaurant named after her and on whose opening she collaborated. Photo: Niko Myyra
Vietnamese food vendor Nguyen Thi Thanh (middle), dubbed the “Lunch Lady” by Anthony Bourdain, in the kitchen at Lunch Lady, a Vancouver restaurant named after her and on whose opening she collaborated. Photo: Niko Myyra
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