Vietnamese Food in Gretna


Hong Kong Food Market
(504) 394-7075
925 Behrman Hwy
Terrytown, LA

New Orleans isn’t just about Creole and Cajun cuisine — its also one of the biggest centers of Vietnamese food in the United States, due to the huge community of Vietnamese vegetable farmers and agricultural workers. Gretna, on the southeast of the city on the other side of the Mississippi river, is one of their largest enclaves. In addition to a number of large Vietnamese eateries, here you’ll find the deceivingly named Hong Kong Market, which is a virtual Wal-Mart of Vietnamese ingredients and foodstuffs.

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The entrance to the shopping center. The bad asian stereotype Charlie Chan font masks the amazing things waiting inside.

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This is Mr. Bubble’s Tea House, a sago drink parlor.

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The bubble tea menu.

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From left to right — honeydew with rainbow tapioca, avocado, and durian with green apple tapioca.

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A view of the produce section in the supermarket.

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The potato and starchy tuber aisle.

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I think the things on the right are minature eggplants used in Thai curries.

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A view of the fish tanks.

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Tilapia

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Catfish, awaiting their destiny as Po Boys.

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Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That-that’s about it.

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Sriracha, the OTHER Louisiana hot sauce.

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I wonder if they got any fish sauce.

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POCKY!

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Durian, the fruit that smells like dirty daipers and tastes like pure heaven.

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The Banh Mi stall. For a whole two bucks, you can get a loaded sandwich on a crusty Vietnamese French roll loaded with mystery luncheon meat, meatballs, and fresh pickled vegetables. I guarantee it will be the best two bucks you have ever spent.

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Meatballs for the Banh Mi.

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Banh Mi vegetable components.

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Prepared Banh Mi.

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Banh Mi Cross Section.

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Pho Danh 4, the hip and modern Pho restaurant in the shopping center.

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The spice components of Pho broth.

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Mi Thap Cam, a type of chicken broth based noodle soup.

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Combination beef Pho.

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Bun Bo Hue, a fiery chili-laced noodle soup with assorted beef parts.

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Soup raw vegetable condiments.

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Fresh lemon soda.

Tan Dinh
2005 Belle Chasse Hwy.
Gretna LA, 361-8008

Tan Dinh would be considered an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in any city, let alone the Greater New Orleans area. Their offerings are tremendous, and while the restaurant was EXTREMELY busy during lunchtime and its a really big place, service was excellent and the food was top notch.

Tan Dinh’s pearl tapioca sago drink lineup.

I think these were desserts of some sort.

The place was really hopping.

Ca Phe Sua Da, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, brewing.

Shrimp Summer Rolls

Cha Gio, spring rolls

Spring Roll in lettuce wrap

Combination Beef Pho with rare beef and beef balls (Bo Vien)

Lemon Grass Chicken with Fluffy Buns

Bahn Mi Sandwich

30 Responses to Vietnamese Food in Gretna

  1. Melody says:

    Ive been searching everywhere online for this…do you by any chance have the address of Hong Kong Market or directions? Im from California and love to cook Chinese food, and Im going crazy trying to find an asian supermarket around here

  2. matthew mueller says:

    I am down in New Orleans and have been searching for this place all day. Could someone give me some insight where it is located?

  3. JK says:

    925 Behrman Hwy Ste 3, Gretna, LA

  4. Just saw this while reading up on Chinese food! Those are such nice photos! Looks so appetizing! We just came back from a class trip (I have a tai chi school on the east coast) from going to Kam Man, which is a large Asian grocery chain here in the NJ NY area. Had some DELICIOUS Thai Iced Tea with Bobas there! Fabulous! Hey, if anyone is around northern NJ – we have a Chinese New Year party EVERY YEAR – let me know and be my guest! – http://www.InternalGardens.com
    Enjoy!

  5. Mark Lambert says:

    I would like to know who sells natural gas wok burners or wok stove replacement burners. Could you give some information so I can contact them. Thanks

    M. Lambert

  6. [...] task this summer is to locate and eat at ALL of New Orleans’s Vietnamese restaurants before possible evacuation due to an infernal hurricane and probable attendant storm surge.  Oh, [...]

  7. The Hong Kong Market is the place to SHOP!! smells but the money you save is worth it. I just need to learn the various asian languages and I’ll be fine. ^__^

  8. S&T says:

    Thanks for the address. I’ve been looking for a place like that for so long since we arrived in New Orleans. We’re from France but love asian cuisine.

    S&T

  9. Jason Nguyen says:

    Wow! This place looks better than some of the Asian places here in Southern California! LMAO! I’m going to be visiting New Orleans next year so thanks for the info!

    Those desserts of some sort you were talking about, is called Chè in Vietnamese. It basically means Vietnamese dessert, drinks in this case. I had no clue that business was doing this well in New Orleans!

  10. CS says:

    wow, I SO SO miss California now! I’m in Korea and there is no trace of anything South East Asian. I just bought a bottle of sriracha (Thai Brand though) but there’s not much I can do with it. They don’t have cilantro here. can you believe that! WHAT! No Mexican food either. Bummer. I should open a damn store.

  11. [...] favorite restaurants in New Orleans.  We’ll typically follow it up with a grocery run at the Hong Kong Market on Behrman [...]

  12. Dave says:

    You guys are morons, cant even put an address on the page so I can go shop there?

  13. kim says:

    ua choa oi!!
    nhin hap dan qua!!

  14. sarah says:

    What is the address of Banh Mi and Pho Danh?

  15. I would like to buy DRT Chinese Herbal Tea (Diebetic Special Tea) 100% Natural. My friend purchased it at Hong Kong Food Market, 5708 S. Gessner Drive, Houston TX.
    Please send me a website where I can buy the tea.
    Thank you.

  16. Brian says:

    Hey, Great write up! I am a Louisiana Tilapia producer/broker looking for markets to sell live Tilapia. Any Ideas?

    Thanks

  17. anonymous says:

    hello people . (:

    i live very close to Hong Kong .
    i go there like EVERY day , ha ha .
    its pretty nice , though they should organize it better , [x
    there’s also a couple other vietnamese markets around here too !
    there’s a place called ” dong khanh ” & its in marrero , i think .
    well , behind it is a school called ” L.H. marrero middle school ” ; so yeah .
    its a smaller version of hong kong , but it has more fruits & veggies to choose from .
    && there is also a place near thanh dinh .
    i forgot what its called but its next to a laundromat & the restaurtant ” 3 happiness ”
    yeah ,
    it used to be a mall but they changes it into an asian supermarket , so its really big .
    i like it this one better than dong khanh though .
    i’m not sure why , i guess it might be because i live closer to it than dong khanh , ha ha .

    so yeah ;
    i’ve said enough , happy reading ! (:

    – – p.s. i live like 6 minutes away from hong kong . [x

  18. Josie Patton says:

    I just came from Taiwan and Japan, where I learn how to drink Matcha Green Tea. Do you sell Matcha Green Tea in you store?
    Please let me know and I’ll go and buy it. It’s very healthy and have a great flavor.

    Thank you for your reply

  19. JamesC says:

    Does anyone know where I can buy the Red bean ice cream cones in fish shapes (Binggrae Chambungau Samanco). I looked at this store as well as some others, but can’t find it anywhere in NOLA.

  20. [...] serve it with rice – I like hot sauce, chili-garlic oil paste (this can be found at the Hong Kong Market in Terrytown) and creole mustard to garnish – then [...]

  21. [...] you live in New Orleans, I would definitely recommend this place. Hong Kong Food Market – one stop shop for all your Asian cuisine cooking needs. Or if you just want to feel like [...]

  22. Rouge247Taarna says:

    Saturday, April 10th, 2010 was my first time at the Hong Kong Market and Asian Cuisine with my families, relatives and a dear friend, now that place is huge, I love everything about it, the food was delicious, delightful, and thanks a bunch! Long time ago, I went with relatives to the Hong Kong Market and Chinese Cuisine, it was fantastic, the food was delicious!

    Did ya’ll ever consider building one on the east bank, maybe somewhere in Metairie, there’s that building Veterans Ex-Wal-Mart Store #989 used to be located at, until they move further down the street, that building had been vacant (empty) for a long dried spell! It’s been deserted for a long time, nobody is building anything in that area, I would say, that would be the best place to build another Hong Kong Market in Metairie! Right next to it, it’s a car dealership Lexus! Now, can ya’ll imagine building a Hong Kong Market in that location, lots of people would definitely shop and eat at your place, and it would definitely bring businesses back up too! Please Please think about it! May God Bless Ya’ll to make this dream come true….

  23. Rouge247Taarna says:

    Saturday, April 10th, 2010 was my first time at the Hong Kong Market and Asian Cuisine with my families, relatives and a dear friend, now that place is huge, I love everything about it, the food was delicious, delightful, and thanks a bunch! Long time ago, I went with relatives to the Hong Kong Market and Chinese Cuisine, it was fantastic, the food was delicious!

    Did ya’ll ever consider building one on the east bank, maybe somewhere in Metairie, there’s that building Veterans Ex-Wal-Mart Store #989 used to be located at, until they move further down the street, that building had been vacant (empty) for a long dried spell! It’s been deserted for a long time, nobody is building anything in that area, I would say, that would be the best place to build another Hong Kong Market in Metairie! Right next to it, it’s a car dealership Lexus! Now, can ya’ll imagine building a Hong Kong Market in that location, lots of people would definitely shop and eat at your place, and it would definitely bring businesses back up too! Please Please think about it! May God Bless Ya’ll to make this dream come true….

  24. Rogue247Taarna says:

    Hong Kong Market, Dim Sum, and etc…..I was just curious, if ya’ll ever consider, trying to open another these fantastic Asian Palace in that West Gate Shopping Center! Because, that shopping center is dead, if ya’ll would call up that landlord about opening a place, it will definitely, bring all kinds of businesses in that section, more and more customers would be shopping for fresh fruits all the time. Can ya’ll think about it. Whoever, decide to take over that place, might had back out on that deal, now that place or area is completely dead! Please think about it, thanks again….

  25. [...] those are all high on my “love to do” list, the one thing I have to do is visit the Hong Kong Market. It’s a huge Asian supermarket, probably bigger than all the Asian markets in Mississippi [...]

  26. kelly says:

    I love Japanese supermarkets! Always find some new and interesting foods

    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/japanese-supermarket-inside-tour/

  27. [...] that we take the time to shop at my favorite grocery store, a huge Asian supermarket called the Hong Kong Market. It’s just a few blocks away from D.’s mom’s house, so whenever we visit, we [...]

  28. [...] of my mind until last weekend when I happened to find fresh water chestnuts on my visit to the huge Hong Kong Market in Terrytown, [...]

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