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Good Vietnamese supermarkets in Alhambra/Rosemead/Monterey Park?

Recently made a trip down to Little Saigon to ABC supermarket (bolsa @ magnolia). While having gone to the other stores in that shopping center (che cali, pho, bbq, bakery, etc.) this was really a great market to pick up all things Vietnamese. Great (!) fish selection, and they even had Daikon already prepared (which made a great addition to a pulled pork bbq sandwiches we had over Memorial Day). Noodles, meatballs, etc. in deli section, decent selection of fruit and veggies. Very busy, but a terrific stop.

My question (to those familiar with ABC down there), is there a comparable supermarket (Vietnamese) in Alhambra or Monterey Park? (Not sure if Ranch 99, Hawaii, or 168 fits that bill). Or if there's perhaps even something similar in Chinatown proper (considering the influx of vietnamese influence). ABC Supermarket in Westminster would be tough to beat for the all-around shopping splurge, but I'm looking for something that's on my path to and from work. Thanks.

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  1. I've seen the San Gabriel Superstore at the corner of San Gabriel and Valley with the pickled veggies in the back with the eggs. There is a place similar to Che Cali that fronts Valley and a Pho place at the corner of the store along with a few bakeries around it.

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    San Gabriel Superstore
    1635 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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    1. re: luckattack

      Indeed SG Superstore would be the most comparable. There's no built-in Che Cali, but there's a Yum Cha house, there's also a Chinese breakfast place, and the proverbial "AU79".

      As far as herbs & stuff goes, 168 FTW. Nothing in Alhambra/MPK is as large, square footage wise.

    2. Shun fat on Rosemead in South El Monte used to carry a good selection of Viet and Thai food items, and more importantly the produce and herbs. It has been a long time since I have visited what used to be my favorite market. Sad.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          What happened? Last time I was in Thun Phat, they had all the herbs yet.

        2. Rosemead Supermarket on Valley Blvd near Ivar Ave carries plenty of Vietnamese items according to my Vietnamese girlfriend.

          1. There's a great big Vietnamese market on Rosemead Blvd. just south of Garvey, east side of the road, though that may be out of your way. There are also no ancillary food establishments in the complex, only clothing and gewgaws. They do however have comprehensive meat, seafood and produce departments.

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            1. re: Will Owen

              I think that's the Shun Fat / Thuan Phat / SF Supermarket (discussed above) at 2650 Rosemead Blvd in South El Monte. I went there once and was disappointed to find it's mostly a Chinese grocery with a surprisingly small (considering the location) selection of Vietnamese groceries.

              1. re: Peripatetic

                Strange. I was in there a couple of times last year and it was predominately Vietnamese, with an Indonesian aisle as well. True, I haven't been in there recently, but...when is the last time anyone else was in Thun Phat?

                There also is a Yum Cha Cafe inside and a couple of food stall vendors, including one selling freshly roasted chestnuts.

                1. re: JThur01

                  Maybe it's gotten better? I went a few months after it changed over from Vien Dong Superfood Warehouse to Thuan Phat, sometime in 2008 or 2009.

              2. re: Will Owen

                Great, thanks. Shun fat *looks* about like what I'd need. I can also try 168 as well. Heading further afoot toward El Monte might be out of my way a bit, but.... That one-stop-shop ideal in Westminster is hard to beat though.

                1. re: cagey

                  San Gabriel Superstore (corner of Valley & San Gabriel) would be the most comparable, as mentioned above. Thun Phat has some food vendors and 168 is a good market for produce, herbs, etc., but no food vendors.

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                  San Gabriel Superstore
                  1635 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                  1. re: JThur01

                    SG Superstore is also same store as Shùn Fā / Shun Fat / Thuan Phat. Just different naming depending on the area. The owner is Chinese-Viet.

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shun_Fat...

                    1. re: will47

                      Both pale in comparison to ABC Supermarket. Almost inapt to compare the two.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I don't think anyone (least of all me) was comparing them. I was just responding to Jim's post.

                        1. re: will47

                          Wasn't really saying you were, just responding to the sub-thread.

                          But Jim (aka JThur01) is comparing the two ... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7877...

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Not comparing directly, just attempting to point out to the OP that those are the closest one is going to come in the SGV.

                            nd I wasn't even the first person to use the phrase "most comparable" in the thread :-)

                            1. re: JThur01

                              Yes, got it... understood. I will be making a foray this Friday into Alhambra/Rosemead so I'll try a few of the above suggestions. It'll be tough to get a laundry-list of items from any one store. (In fact, it's impossible at ABC as well, since you have dozens of bakeries, sandwich places, etc adjacent to it in the mini mall).

                              Thanks for all the feedback.

                              1. re: cagey

                                Again, the SG Superstore will come closest. A former Target store, it has several vendors inside the entrances (jewelry, artwork, DVDs, toys, clothing, even a toilet vendor) + the Yum Cha Cafe and a Chinese breakfast place. AU79 Teahouse and a couple of restaurants around the building perimeter and a VN bakery across the lot. Though there's something to recommend each of the markets, for example, Thuan Phat has the tubs of live fish if you want to grab one.