HOME > Chowhound > Mid-Atlantic >


Hong Kong Market RIP

I'm devastated. Went by the Hong Kong Market in South Plainfield today for some take-out soup from the Taiwanese soup lady in the food court, and discovered that the store closed down. A sign on the door directs all customers to go to its East Brunswick location.

I really loved this place. I've posted lots of times here about how unique the food court was, and talked about some of the really good food, such as soups, dumplings and congee, that was available. My wife used to shop there a lot for provisions, especially Thai hot sauce (they carried a very good brand) and Chinese products. Coming on the heels of Captain Fresh closing down, it's particularly upsetting.

In our neighborhood, the last Chinese market standing is now the AFC on Route 22. :-(

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I too was heartbroken when the place closed. Indeed, the "Taiwan soup lady" had jumped ship a few months ago.

    Will the place be remodeled and reopened? There's a bit of rumor of it, but I suspect that the old food court - the most authentic Chinese street food vendor in the state - will be a thing of the past.

    1. Hi I like to shop at hong kong supermaket at rt. 18 east brunswick. Everythings I needs I can get it and they good sevices ,too. I like to shop thai ingredents, thai food. but you have to becareful some it exprie date.

      1. I stopped going to "Captain Fresh" because of bad fish......AFI (Asian Food) on rt. 22
        is still an excellent source and also has a very good freshly made foods and bakery

        1. That's sad. I only been there a couple times but I found the food court food really impressive. Especially the congee. The East Brunswick Hong Kong Supercourt has the same groceries but there is no food court. The cooked food section in EB HK supermarket taste horrible and I found them a bit pricey too.

          1. Really irrelevant to this thread but the best sign I saw on a recent trip to Hong Kong - the city, not the supermarket - was "Haiphong Road Temporary Cooked Food Hawkers Bazaar."

            1. Really miss Lucy, the Taiwanese soup lady and the congee booth with the fried bread sticks. Drove to Rt. 18 but no food vendors and what we brought home, i.e., sticky rice, buns of varying description, was horrible. AFC on Rt. 22 is nothing to write home about either. Maybe we can convince Congee Village NY to open up in Union County...

              4 Replies
              1. re: ansky4

                "No food vendors" Did you actually take the time to go inside?The bakery is to your left as you walk in . the buffet is to your right just before the fresh fish and the sushi place is right in front of you as you walk out. next time perhaps you and BrianYarvin should car pool and stay awhile.

                1. re: currymouth

                  We stopped by there today and the parking lot was empty. What's the deal? Are the vendors still there?

                  1. re: nzurawsk

                    Are you sure? The one on RT 18 in East Brunswick?

                    1. re: currymouth

                      Sorry, I meant the one in South Plainfield. We were so disappointed to see it closed... Does anyone know where the vendors went? I know the Taiwanese lady left well before it closed. I asked the next stall over and she said something about health codes... who knows...