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Dec 27, 2008 11:29 AM

Seeking Vietnamese Coffee Filters in Vic or Calgary

I would like to buy some Vietnamese coffee filters (the ones that sit atop the coffee mug). I would prefer to buy them here in Victoria, but I could also pick them up in Calgary when I'm there. I went to a couple high-end cooking shops in Victoria and they flat-out told me that I'd have to steal them from a Vietnamese restaurant. That can't be right! Help!

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  1. In Calgary I bought one at a chinese grocery. I think Lambda on Centre st north around 12th ave. so I bet T&T carries them. Also, there is a restaurant supply store on Centre north at around 9th ave that specializes in Asian items.

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    1. re: sharonanne

      I am not sure about Victoria but we picked up a couple a few months ago at the T. & T. store here [Edmonton] so I would expect that the Calgary store carries them as well since you are going to be out that way.

      Also carry the Cafe du Monde brand of ground coffee [yellow can] that many places make their Vietnamese coffee with

      1. re: Bob Mac

        We are very spoiled in Vancouver because there are a number of Vietnamese grocers on Kingsway that sell these filters inexpensively -- are there any such stores in Victoria? Be sure to buy several as it sounds like you plan to -- we need to get more.

        Further to Bob Mac's coffee suggestion, we love the Trung Nguyen coffee in the reddish brown package subtitled Khoi nguon sang tao (sorry, no accents on CH). The 500g package retails for about $5 here. I'm still flabbergasted by the low price, considering the beautiful, chocolatey finish and smooth overall flavour.

        Our favourite sweetened condensed milk is Longevity Brand which comes in a 300 mL container and has a picture of an elderly Asian dude on the can. We get ours at our local greengrocer but I have also seen it in the Vietnamese grocery stores. It seems to be quite a bit cheaper than the "standard" brands in Safeway etc.

        1. re: grayelf

          Sorry I can't confirm re: coffee filters. But I can confirm that T&T here in Calgary (the one by Beddington Tr) carries both the Trung Nguyen coffee and Cafe du Monde. I just bought some about a month ago.

          1. re: grayelf

            I love Longevity brand, too, and it is readily available at Asian grocers in Calgary. In fact, I don't think I've seen other brands of condensed milk in the smaller grocers.

            1. re: aktivistin

              There is a small Chinese store nestled between Saigon Y2k and Dragon City Mall in Chinatown. They're facing west on Centre Street, and when you walk by you can see rice cookers and thermos pots in the window.

              They sell the coffee filters, I think they're $2.50 each there.

            2. re: grayelf

              Hi Grayelf,

              I know this was an older post from you but I'm looking for the vietnamese coffee filters you are mentioning. Is there a particular store that carries them on Kingsway? Is this in the Little Vietnam in Vancouver?

              Where do you get the Trung Nguyen coffee from? I'm dying to replicate this drink at home myself.


        2. This is an awfully late reply... But there are places in Calgary you can get both the filter and Trung Nguyen coffee much cheaper than TnT. One is called Hong Kong Supermarket (formerly Super 88) and another called Lucky's supermarket. Both cater mainly to Vietnamese (seeing as how I am Vietnamese...).