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Jan 30, 2011 01:51 PM

Banh chung or banh Tet in East Bay?

I live out in Antioch which is pretty much a food wasteland, especially for Asian food. There's a few Vietnamese restaurants out this way but no Vietnamese centric grocery stores. I want to get a banh Tet for Tet but really, really want to avoid driving out to San Jose if I could possibly help it. Are there any Vietnamese delis/grocery stores in the East Bay (Contra Costa County, preferably) that sell it? I'd rather not go all the way to Fremont (since I know I could get some there) or Oakland Chinatown if I could possibly help it.

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  1. Not sure what banh tet is.... but, there is a Ranch 99 in Concord. I was in & out very quickly, so did not have a chance to check it out. There was alot of stuff for Lunar New Year in the front of the store. I assume that the Vietnamese Tet is similar to Chinese New Year ?... Ranch 99 usually covers most asian foodstuffs.

    1. Ba Le has a deli with a wide variety of prepared things for takeout including some pastry-looking items. You might call and ask. You might try Houng Tra as well.

      Banh Mi Ba Le
      10174 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

      Huong Tra
      12221 San Pablo Ave Ste 8, Richmond, CA 94805

      1. You might investigate County Square Markets -- 510 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill or Vacaville.

        County Square Market
        136 Peabody Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687