Hai Thu Dao is originally from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where she lived for 29 years. Hanoi is in the northern region of the country, while most Vietnamese restaurants in Belgium offer cuisine influenced by southern Vietnam. Vietnamese cuisine from Hai Thu is closer to street food, which is most common in northern Vietnam and includes the famous Pho. This soup has no written recipe, only an oral tradition and usually contains ingredients like chicken, vegetables, coconut and beef, as well as dim sum and other flavors typical of Asian street cuisine.