Houston, TX: Spam Sushi? Taste it for Yourself at Houston’s PhamilyBites Food Truck

By  Katherine Whaley  |  Khou.com


HOUSTON—You can find authentic Vietnamese food all around town, but how about a Vietnamese restaurant that comes to you?

Van Pham moved home to Texas from San Francisco to bring West Coast Food Truck culture—and his mom’s Vietnamese cooking—to H-town.  He left his tech job to pursue his passion for cooking, and launch Houston’s first Vietnamese food truck.

“I take a lot of pride in what I do, the food I cook is from my family,” Pham explained.

That passion for food runs in the family.  Pham’s mother, Xiang Nguyen, is a famous Vietnamese TV Chef.  Her eggrolls are one of the most popular items on the PhamilyBites menu.  Other menu highlights include Pho (the national soup of Vietnam) and Bahn Mi (a Vietnamese sandwich).

If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Spam Musubi – or “Spam sushi”.  It’s pan-fried Spam, layered with seasoned sushi rice, wrapped in seaweed.


“Can’t knock it ‘til you try it,” Frederick Ercia said.  The customer-turned-employee loves “spam sushi” so much, one of the musubi dishes is named after him.

PhamilyBites has been in business for close to three years, and it has developed a loyal following.

“It’s taken a Vietnamese kitchen and put it on wheels and that’s something we’ve never seen before,” Paul Nguyen said.

You can find PhamilyBites at the Museum of Fine Arts Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter: @PhamilyBites

Facebook: facebook.com/PhamilyBites