The restaurant is named after a central Vietnamese town called My Khe (pronounced "me kay"). Food from central Vietnam is underrepresented in San Jose, and that's part of what makes this small restaurant such a find. Most of the restaurants in San Jose serve food from southern and northern Vietnam. Central Vietnam is home to what is perhaps the country's most elegant and complex cuisine. The food from the central city of Hue, once the royal capital of the country, and nearby hills is spicy, ornate and often labor-intensive.