On my last night in town, my mom asked me to pick up some cilantro and bean sprouts because she was making Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup) for dinner.
For quick Asian grocery store trips, I go to Oriental Food Value. It's owned by a Chinese husband and Korean wife, so there are Chinese and Korean groceries, as well as Vietnamese. But located just off SE 82nd Avenue and Foster Road, in a heavily Russian area, there are Russian and Polish groceries as well. Kinda cool, eh?
(I won't even go into how much I hate the word Oriental and how behind the times it seems that it's still used in Portland. See the last few paragraphs of this post for the more detailed explanation about why the word Oriental is offensive.)
Look! There's even an aisle dedicated to Russian food.
We'll get to the roast pork booth at the end of the aisle in a bit.
Beets? I can't read Russian.
And Polish salad from the looks of it?
Pretty sad roast pork area. I think they probably get it from somewhere else because I've never seen a whole roast pig. So they just have a bit on hand for the random customer.
Along with a few random sandwiches and pastries.
The fresh produce area looks small, but is actually pretty well-stocked.
Galangal and banana blossoms.
Even fresh lotus leaves. I don't even see that in SoCal!
Wandering more aisles just so you can see.
Rice cakes and noodles.
Rice. And a lot of pottery behind it.
Woks. Lots of woks. Even a 28-inch wok!
Lots more dishes, in case you need props.
Thai Kiwi-brand knives. Very sharp. Cheap too!
And joss paper to burn at death anniversaries.
Off to dinner! Mom's Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup) was waiting for me!
All Oregon posts can be found with the tag Series: Oregon, but I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
PDX and My Parents' Chihuahuas
Salvador Molly's - Portland - Oregon
Why My Mom's Banh Canh Cua (Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup with Crab) Is Better Than Your Momma's
Ha & VL - Portland - Oregon
Karma Cafe - Portland - Oregon
Oc Xao Nam He (Vietnamese Clams Sauteed with Mushrooms and Chives)
Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden - Grant Park - Portland - Oregon
Pok Pok - Portland - Oregon
Portland Farmers Market at PSU - Portland - Oregon
Downtown Portland - Oregon Redux
Mill Ends Park (Smallest Park in the World) - Portland - Oregon
Tabor - Portland - Oregon
Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen - Portland - Oregon
Mom's Chao Vit (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Duck)
Oriental Food Value - Portland
Mom's Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup)
Oriental Food Value
8303 SE Insley St.
Portland, OR 97266
1 year ago today, Singlong black pepper sauce for crabs.
2 years ago today, I went skydiving over Las Vegas!