We had the good fortune of connecting with Huyen Do and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Huyen, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have always loved trying new food and local restaurants. I began taking food photos to document my dining adventures for my own memories. Over the course of a few years, I had accumulated many albums of food photos. I also had friends and family who would frequently reach out to me for restaurant recommendations. I decided to create my own Instagram page to share all my favorite food and restaurants. From there, I had restaurants begin reaching out to collaborate. I’ve been so lucky to work with amazing local business owners and to meet many incredible food bloggers along the way. Although it started out as a fun hobby, I’m very fortunate that it turned into something greater.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a CPA that specializes in corporate income tax. I am currently a tax manager and have been with my firm for over 6 years. I always knew I wanted a career in accounting, but I fell into a role in tax after I graduated from college. Fortunately, it was a great unplanned decision. However, there are many challenges with a career in tax. My job (and life) is revolved around tax deadlines, and there’s very little work-life balance most of the time. As I progress in my career, it gets even more difficult to balance other interests and projects like food blogging. Effective time management has become essential in my life. I have to plan out my schedule weeks and sometimes months in advance so I can fulfill my work responsibilities while maintaining my passion projects. Although it is exhausting and draining at times, having my side projects keep me motivated and inspired. It allows me to express my creativity outside of my day-to-day job. I’ve learned that if you truly love what you do, you will always make time for it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
How much time do we have?! I’m not saying the only reason I moved to Houston was for the food, but it was definitely a major factor! Houston’s Chinatown is my go-to area for food. First, we would hit up Crown Seafood for some dim sum followed by boba at Fuji Tea. We’ll walk off the full stomach at either Hermann Park if it’s a nice day or around the Galleria Mall. I always take my visiting friends to see the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall because what’s a trip to Houston without some instaworthy pictures? Of course, we have to go to Luce Coffee Roasters for a black island latte as an afternoon pick-me-up. A sushi dinner at Roka Akor or some fine dining at Truluck’s is always a great way to spend the evening. If we’re not in a full food coma by then, we would definitely hit up the fun bar scene in Midtown!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My boyfriend, Andy! My love of food began when we first met. Our fun date nights would always include exploring new restaurants around the city. He is my right hand man when it comes to collaborations and photoshoots. No matter how many photoshoots I pack into the weekend, he is always supportive and there to assist. He recently became interested in photography himself, so aside from lending a hand, he’s also lending his very expensive camera equipment. Onehungryasiangirl is actually Onehungryasiangirl + her equally hungry boyfriend.