This is true small town mom & pop shop hospitality that I thought was long lost. I randomly stumbled on this place and was shocked to find fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. In Rochester?!? Really?! More amazing? It actually had real SE Asian herbs and not the American standard herbs overfilled with lettuce like I got used to in Chicago. I knew i was in for an authentic experience. Kdep, the owner, is the most generous shopkeeper I've come across. I frequently see him helping his non Asian customers who are seeking various ingredients, from time to time he will invite his customers to try something without forcing them to buy it first. On fridays there are fresh Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese prepared dishes ranging from pad Thai (vegetarian), various soups, roasted duck or pork, spring rolls, and no-skimping banh mi sandwiches. Along with a variety of SE Asian desserts including Filipino (my favoritres are the cassava cake and flan) the fried bananas in summer are tasty (if they're not piping hot I toast them briefly at home). There are other Asian stores closer to me but only one that has a true personal touch! Days to find the freshest produce are on mon & fri. Stop by, tell him Sujan sent ya!
Sujan P. on Jun 25, 2011