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Tuesday, 19 June 2007


Andy 美國土子

shopping carts with durians... the modern day chariot

The Guilty Carnivore

Thx for the free instant noodle hookup. The packaging and proliferative garnish/seasoning packets look quite interesting.


Free pho? I'm on it! I just sent in a request, so I'll see how it goes!

The Office Goat

At first I thought the originalpho site was blank, then I realized I had to scroll down to get to the good stuff! ;-)

Request sent! Anyone who already got a pack, what does it say the shelf life is?

Steamy Kitchen

Thanks for the pho link!

Maybe a small rodent died near the front door.



Hi, TOG- As I recall, the free pho that was mailed had a relatively short shelf life/expiratio date...but I know you can eat stuff past that date anyhow and the only thing that could possibly go bad would be the oil, which is in a very well sealed packet...and don't we all have a bottle of chili oil and/or sriracha at work and at home anyhow?

Kirk- the only thng I can think of that is causing that odor is the aisle with the dried shrimp/dried cuttle fish in those clear plastic/cellophane (not vacuum sealed) packages. It isn't a dead fish odor or anything like that...


I always wondered about that odor. I think Cathy might be right that it's coming from the dried meat/mushrooms/herbs. The smell reminds me of a Chinese medicine store.

I'm happy the food counter is back. I'll have to try it out soon...

Captain Jack

That steam table looks tasty, I will have to give it a try.


I love Vien-Dong. It's not my favorite asian supermarket but there are things there that are hard to get some other places. For instance they have the great baguettes. I'm not sure if that's what you call them but it is in the bakery & people wait for them to come out of the oven. So good. Also they had these tiny apples that I love. Great post.

I've had instant pho before and i was horribly dissapointed at how it tasted. I'm giving this one a try to see what's up. Thanks for the heads up!

I'm putting you on my blogroll.



Hi Andy - LOL! You really don't want to tip the durian cart over! And those little ladies can be quite aggressive!!!

Hi GC - No problemo.....hope it's ok.

Hi Ed - Let me know how it turns out! By the sound of it, Daniel will want to know as well.

Hi TOG - I'm glad Cathy can provide some info for you.

Hi SK - he-he-he, no not a dead rodent...perhaps some really good shiokara!!!

Hi Cathy - Hmmmm, maybe, but I don't think that's the smell.

Hi Howie - It's good cheap eats there.

Hi CJ - Like I's good cheap eats. You'll get an interesting cross section of people eating there.

Hi Alex - Welcome and thanks for taking the time out to comment! Nice blog! As for the free Pho, at least it's free.....


I went to Vien Dong earlier this week and was pleasantly surprised at the quality. The fish section looked well kept and I agree with you that their live tanks look a lot nicer than one usually finds. There definitely was a slightly "pungent" odor but it wasn't at all offensive.

They got extra points from me for having fresh baby octopus, which grilled up nice and tender (and cute!) with a miso/rice vinegar/soy sauce marinade.


Hi SK - It does look like they've made some improvements. Grilled Tako.....mmmmm


I just r4ecieved my pho(never actually tried pho before though). The exp. date on mine says July 4,2007. I don't think it goes bad, it is just the last date a store could sell the product. Sorta like the bags of chips in stores, they are still good, the store just can't sell them. The company probably determined that they taste the best within a certain amount of days.


Hi Kyon - Thanks for the info, I appreciate it!


Hi Kirk,

What are their open hours? I've tried to look everywhere. Thanks for your dedication to this blog.



Hi Trangdai - Sorry to take so long to answer your comment. Vien Dong Market has been sold as is now Thuan Phat Market. As of this writing I don't think they are open yet. You can read about it at the bottom of this post

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