Pulse Spotlight: Chopsticks on Pho

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

It really is amazing when one day you talk about your dreams and the next day you realize them.  For some people, this dream can take months, and for others, it can take years.  For Steven and Lynn, the Owners of Chopsticks on Pho in Surrey, their dream was 18 years in the making.

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Imagine going on a first date and talking about your dreams for the future.  Not only is it exciting (and scary) to share them with someone else, but it’s even more exciting when the person you are sharing those dreams with has the same dream as you!  This was the case for Steven and Lynn, who talked about owning their own restaurant one day.  For both, it was a dream to prepare home-cooked Vietnamese food and enjoy a relaxed, family atmosphere and for Lynn specifically, it was about memories of food prepared lovingly by her Mother.

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Not only do these owners share a passion for food that is healthy, nourishing and delicious, but they share a similar background in their journey to Canada.  Both escaped from Vietnam with their families and became refugees before being given the opportunity to start a new life in Canada.  They grew up in Edmonton and met while she was in high school and he was in college.  Steven’s background is in electronics and computers and Lynn worked as an Investment Specialist for many years.

After visiting BC, both Steven and Lynn were drawn to the upbeat and lively lifestyle in Vancouver and decided that they would move here.  It has now been 8 years and they have not only started their family in the Fraser Valley, but after a lot of saving and planning, chose to fulfill their dream here too.

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Chopsticks on Pho opened just a few months ago in Surrey.  Steven and Lynn have managed to turn an empty space into a warm and modern restaurant that feels open and inviting at the same time.  There is one large family style table in the middle of the restaurant, which is perfect for families, friends, and work groups too.

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Lynn has created the menu using her Mom’s recipes, along with some of her own, to create a fusion style of Vietnamese food.  She spends most of her time in the kitchen cooking, while Steven manages the front end of the restaurant.  Some of the most popular items on the menu are “The Works” Pho, the Chicken Satay Bun (Vermicelli bowl) and of course the Crispy Spring Rolls.  I had a refreshing Lychee Lime-Fizz and can’t wait to go back soon to try more dishes.

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Chopsticks on Pho has a great space for private parties and though they are not licensed yet, they hope to be in time for Christmas celebrations.  You can find (and like) Chopsticks on Pho on Facebook and follow their news and contests, such as free Pho for a week when you leave your business card.

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Steven and Lynn have donated a gift certificate worth $30 for one lucky reader, which is sure to help you on your way to discovering their menu and leaving with a smile on your face.  It helps that these owners serve every dish with love and wish for nothing but happiness for each of their customers.  Worth a visit?  Pho sure!

Congratulations to our winner – this contest is now closed.



Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.



22 Responses to “Pulse Spotlight: Chopsticks on Pho”

  1. Love your site! I’m the BIGGEST sucker for Vietnamese food!!

  2. Joan says:

    Good luck. Will definitely be in to try your food. Sounds very inviting.

  3. Linda says:

    The restaurant looks great!

  4. Looks inviting. We love Vietnamese and will see you there soon! Good luck…

  5. Karen T says:

    Lovely article! Restaurant looks greeat! Will stop by for sure!! Good luck..

  6. Debbie says:

    Love the restaurant and the food, but especially the caring and homey atmosphere.

  7. Shelley says:

    We are so happy to have this restaurant in our ‘hood!! It is every bit as delicious (and more) as this review says! If you haven’t been in yet, you must! It is delish!!

  8. Cora says:

    Sounds like and amazing place! Can’t wait to try it out!!

  9. Dee W. says:

    This is wonderful, we have a group of 8 that lunch every month, We are always looking for something new. Sounds like a great place to visit. Thankyou very much

  10. Nancy P. Walker says:

    How wonderful to read about “a dream come true.” Congratulations and I look forward
    to coming by and trying out your menu.

    Best of luck in your endeavor.

  11. lucy kabatoff says:

    would love to win this!

  12. stacy bredo says:

    would love to take my boyfriend there for dinner :)

  13. Fernande says:

    I admire people who follow their dreams and never giving up. I want to meet these inspiring people by winning this certificate.

  14. Peter says:

    Looks like a real find!

  15. laura says:

    This place looks great, and such a nice story attached to them! Would love to try them out soon.

  16. Deborah Sproule says:

    Sounds like a wonderful place and one I look forward to trying!

  17. Kelly says:

    What fantastic coverage of this new restaurant! I would love to try out a few things on this diverse menu.

  18. chris says:

    Thanks for the chance! Iwould love to try your place!

  19. kim says:

    Yummy! Your restaurant looks fantastic!

  20. Yvette S says:

    Sounds (and looks) like a great place – will have to try very soon!

  21. Duncan says:

    i can’t wait to try this restaurant!

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