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Purchasing Vietnamese coffee filters (phin) in south bay stores?

jcr1 Aug 20, 2009 03:07 PM

Any suggestions for peninsula or SJ markets or stores that stock them appreciated. I haven't seen them. Also, any recommendations for Vietnamese markets (could be the same place to get phin)?

My apologies if this is supposed to go elsewhere. This spot seemed logical since it's bay area specific.

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  1. paulj RE: jcr1 Aug 20, 2009 04:10 PM

    Have you tried a 99Ranch?

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: jcr1 Aug 20, 2009 04:12 PM

      I'd think one of the stores in the Grand Century mall would have them.

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        manda RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 20, 2009 10:53 PM

        MV Trading in Grand Century (I believe) should have them. There is a branch in Milpitas where the Ranch 99 is located.

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        sfbing RE: jcr1 Aug 20, 2009 07:11 PM

        There is a Viet market that is next to Grand Century, but I don't love the produce/meats.
        I prefer the little market that is in the same complex as Banh Cuon Tay Ho #8 on Senter. It is smaller, but the overall quality is much better. Plus, they have a little takeout counter with awesome housemade beef balls.
        You should be able to find the filters at either market, and I think there is a housewares shop in the mall. (Weirdly, most of grand century mall's real estate is taken up with jewelry stores.)

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          LauraB706 RE: jcr1 Aug 20, 2009 11:36 PM

          I bought a Vietnamese coffe filter at Lions in San Jose (south east corner of Tully & King, not far from Eastridge Mall.)
          I buy lots of non-perishible items at Lion, food items and some kitchen tools. Fun to browse. Cheap prices.

          Lion Tully
          1710 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA

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          1. re: LauraB706
            Robert Lauriston RE: LauraB706 Aug 21, 2009 08:31 AM

            If you're coming from up the Peninsula, the Lion on Saratoga might be more convenient.

            As long as you're there, Mitsuwa is just a block or two away, definitely worth checking out.

            675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

            Lion Food Center
            471 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

          2. yimster RE: jcr1 Aug 21, 2009 08:11 AM

            In San Mateo there is MV on 3rd Ave. They have a lot of Vietnamese items.

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