Every day, the Instagram account of Gao Viet Kitchen, a Vietnamese restaurant located in San Mateo, is filled with vibrant photos of delicious dishes such as Com Suon Nuong (pork chop rice) served with a jiggly fried egg on top. , or steaming plates of Cha ca La Vong (turmeric fish with fresh dill).
Each post features the popular restaurant’s smiling and upbeat owner, Viet Nguyen, who adds the finishing touch to each dish with such charisma and positivity that it’s no surprise his food posts reach thousands of followers a day. . Yet one of Nguyen’s last social media posts was less upbeat.