Noah’s Seafood Kitchen

Noah’s Seafood Kitchen

Although he’s still a young 31 years of age, Tan “Ro” Phung is no stranger to the restaurant business. Phung, originally from Vietnam, came to the States as a baby. He opened Ro’s Seafood in 2008 with his sister Nhi Phung before opening Noah’s Seafood Kitchen in Vidor in 2012.

Phung named the restaurant after his nephew, Noah. Also, Phung’s relatives own Bruce’s Seafood Deli and Gulf Coast Seafood in Port Arthur.

To survive in an area inundated with seafood restaurants, you have to stick out, and that’s why Phung decided to try something different.

 “My sister and I both used to work at a Chinese restaurant,” Phung said. “We wanted to incorporate lo mein and fried rice into it, and I’m into Cajun food. I actually cook my own gumbo and mix my own batter. I get my inspiration from food shows and put my own twist into it.”

Phung’s twist seems to have worked, as rarely will you come into Noah’s around lunchtime and not see a crowded restaurant.

Customer favorites include the chicken and sausage gumbo ($5.99); combination lo mein noodles with shrimp, chicken and beef ($8.25); popcorn shrimp with fries and coleslaw ($7.25) and the grilled fish and shrimp plate, which comes with one piece of fish and three shrimp on a bed of shrimp fried rice and coleslaw on the side for only $7.99. The salt and pepper wings and salt and pepper shrimp are popular, too.

“For the lo mein, we make our own sauce,” Phung said of the customer favorite. “It’s a little bit of soy sauce and our own home recipe. And I think the popcorn shrimp is even more popular than the lo mein.”

Phung said he gets his shrimp from Southeast Texas shrimpers, not from a wholesaler.

Whatever you choose, you’re getting a hearty serving that offers the best of both worlds — Chinese and Cajun.

Since Noah’s opened five years ago, Phung said his business has been steady with a combination of both dine-in and carry-out traffic.

“At lunchtime we have a lot of people that dine-in, and at nighttime, we have a lot of take out,” he said.

Noah’s Seafood Kitchen at 950 N. Main St. in Vidor is open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. For more information or to place an order, call (409) 783-3329.