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  • Naco Aug 24, 2009 12:52 PM
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Planning a road trip and looking for some recommendations on various Asian spots to hit up around NC. I noticed just a bit of information about Van Loi 2 in Greensboro(a Chinese/Vietnamese bbq place), would love more recommendations along those lines. Looking to try pho/banh mi/etc. for the first time.

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  1. You've been to Thai Thai in New Bern, right? There is a wonderful Asian market on the road from New Bern to Moorhead City, in case that might also be of any interest to you.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      I actually haven't been to Thai Thai, although I've heard it's excellent. Since I found Tryon Palace Seafood, that's kind of eliminated other options in New Bern. And I'm not hurting for Thai in Greenville due to the excellent Saeng Thai. Although we did jaunt down to Morehead to Mrs. Culpepper's recently out of sheer curiosity.

      I hadn't noticed the market that you're talking about. What's it called, and where is it exactly?

      1. re: Naco

        Oh, do try Thai Thai sometime - though I've not tried the Tryon Palace Seafood place yet, other than that, I think it is the best food in New Bern. Sorry for the wrong spelling of Morehead City - I always get it wrong! What is Mrs. Culpepper's? Will try to find the info for you on the market - it's in a strip mall on the north side of the highway.

        P.S. Pretty sure it is in Havelock on Route 70 - will ask my mother if she knows the name of the place.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Mrs. Culpepper's does Thai food and fried seafood. The owners are a married couple- the wife is Thai, the husband is from NC and a fisherman. They use locally caught seafood. It's in a strip mall on 70 on the outskirts of Morehead.

          1. re: Naco

            Excellent - I'm going to try to go there with my mother at Christmas. Added some info above about the market, but will find out more.

            1. re: MMRuth

              Re: market

              I think I may know this. I saw a place called Far East Emporium in Havelock last time I was down there(they were advertising lumpia on their sign, also), but I couldn't tell if it was open or not, and I was too tired/stuffed to go check it out. I've seen signs for Filipino restaurants in Havelock at different times, but I was always on the way to go/eat somewhere else, and they all turned out to be very flash in the pan and had closed when I tried to check them out later.

              1. re: Naco

                I don't think that is it, b/c I also recall seeing signs advertising lumpia, and I'm pretty sure this place doesn't have it. More info to come!

                Edit - checked yellow pages on line - this is it - I called and checked.

                Asian Imports Gifts
                488 West Brook Shopping Center
                Havelock, NC 28532

                (252) 447-4488

                Despite the name, has a lot of food items.

            2. re: Naco

              Meant to add - if you do try Thai Thai, please let me know how it compares to the other places you've been to - might take my mother on a road trip!

              1. re: MMRuth

                If you're looking for good Sichuan food in the Triangle, definately hit Super Wok in Cary. There's good Shanghai-style food at Red Lotus in Chapel Hill. Fortune Palace in Raleigh has Chinese food that's supposed to have Taiwanese influences. I can't substantiate the style, but there are many things I like on the menu. There's also a Vietnamese minimall next door to Fortune Palace. Further north on Capital in Raleigh, there's a strip mall that features a Vietnamese coffee shop, pho shop and a SE Asian market.

                Have fun!

                1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                  Super Wok is worth the trek. Great authentic Sichuan with plenty of heat and odd sounding dishes. There are some good posts about this restaurant for further research.

                  1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                    Tom, is the strip mall further N. on Capital the one at Starmount , where the Harbor Freight is?

                    I second the plaza at Capital Blvd. and Brentwood. I live close to it and Fortune Palace and the $2.50 Banh Mi at the grocer are weekly stops for us. The grocery has been having a lot of interesting sweets on a table on the other side of the sandwich station. Saturdays there is usually a big increase in fresh fish and interesting cuts of meat and offal available.

                    Naco, on the other side of Capital on Brentwood is an Eastern European grocery called Caspian which is worth a quick look. It is small, but has some interesting things. Looks like it is in a former 7/11 style building.

                    1. re: meatn3

                      Yes, Pho Cali is in that strip mall. That used to be our favorite pho until An Chuan Plaza opened up.
                      Caspian is not Asian unless you want to call Russia Asian. The owners are Persian but they have a great selection of Russian, Arabic and Israeli packaged goods. I especially recommend the Russian chocolates in the cooler. They are sold loose and priced by the pound. The assortment will vary from time to time but the price is reasonable and the quality good.

                      1. re: rockycat

                        Yes, Caspian is not what he was requesting - but it is the sort of place I would be disappointed to find I had missed when I had been so close to it.

                        I hadn't noticed their chocolates - thanks for the heads up!

                    2. re: Tom from Raleigh

                      The Vietnamese mini mall & grocery at Brentwood/Capital are closed. The sign indicates they will reopen soon under new owners. Painters have been working inside the mall section.

                      I'll update when they reopen!

                      1. re: meatn3

                        The new owners have reopened. More info here:

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/675513

          2. The best pho in the Triangle is at 9N9, adjacent to Research Triangle Park.
            http://pho9n9.com/en/

            1. you will have a pho nanza if you come to greensboro.

              try as many as you can. I would recommend Van Loi 2, Pho Hien Voung, OThers to try are the Vietname palcce acroos the street from costco on wendover and the Pho place on High point road near florida street.

              I love saigon for their salads and rice dishes but their pho is second rate.

              For banh mi try the roast pork at pakse on florida street. Another place has opened on high point road near merritt drive but I have not tried it. Most of the other places with banh mi get them from pakse so go to the source

              1. Big Thai, downtown ILM, NC, should u ever find yourself on the coast. Also a great Asian market in the city, Saigon Market on Kerr. BIG!