Buoy Ngov and her husband Vathunyu “Yu” Nanakornphanom will open their restaurant, Indo Asian Street Eatery, in Tacoma’s Stadium neighborhood on Friday. The restaurant only will be open for dinner on opening day.
Ngov is the youngest daughter of Kim Taing and Chhung Ngov, architects of the family of Indochine restaurants dating back to the first Cafe Indochine in Federal Way in 1995. The couple sold that restaurant in 2011, but their restaurant legacy lives on with their daughters.
Daughter Ly Ngov co-owns Indochine Asian Dining Lounge in downtown Tacoma, with husband Russell Brunton. Daughter Hong Ngov co-owns with husband Sean Yean two restaurants — Indochine on Pearl in Ruston and Fuzion Cafe in the Narrows neighborhood.
Ngov and Nanakornphanom’s restaurant is an homage to street foods and snacks eaten throughout Southeast Asia. Said Ngov earlier this year, “We want to do easy food and casual, and maybe introduce people to different flavors they might not be used to. Traditional stuff that we eat at home, a little bit spicier and with unusual herbs.”
Nanakornphanom, whose parents operated a food stall in Thailand, created a menu of easy food, including seven yakitori skewers — both meat and seafood, $6-$9 — and sandwiches, such as banh mi and pork belly sliders ($7-$10). Rice and noodle bowls also are listed ($11.95-$16.95). A list of snacks includes an oyster pancake ($12.95), edamame and kale dumplings ($8.95) and Thai sausage ($9.95).
Expect to see a full bar featuring Japanese whiskey and a selection of soju. The remodeled dining room includes banquette seating, wood-wrapped booths, and an eating counter.
Consider Friday’s opening a trial run. After dinner service that night, the couple will close the restaurant for the holiday weekend, and reopen Tuesday. Typical hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.