If you live in the vicinity of Baton Rouge, Louisiana you may (or may not) be aware of this little Asian market on Florida Blvd. called Vihn Phat Market. I took a mini field trip with my girls today for a little culture, groceries, and other goodies. Secretly, I wanted to go there to see if they had any cool asian makeup brands that I had never heard of. At the very least, I wanted the MEGA GIANT PACK of false lashes you see on Ebay. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any beauty supplies but it was a fun trip non-the-less.
Vinh Phat Market
To be very honest, when I drove up to Vinh Phat Market I thought the shopping center in general, which is all asian owned, was a dump. It’s a fairly old (by old I mean 45+ years) shopping center and dirty. Bits of garbage litter the parking lot and the store signs are all faded with torn pieces of paper blowing in the breeze . It’s not the fanciest of places and sets off a feeling of general uneasiness.
The outside of Vinh Phat Market has several plants next to the entrance. Some were in good health while others were in the early to late stages of decomposition. Unfortunately, the outside of the store has been left unkept for sometime.
When we entered the store, my daughter’s were immediately amazed at the sheer inventory. The store was filled to maximum capacity with everything (asian wise) you could imagine. Toward the right there was shelves and boxes stacked with liquors. Boxes and boxes and MORE boxes were everywhere filled with figurines, foods, and decor.
There was one small row of fresh fruits and vegetables (such as asian pears, ginger, etc.) at room temperature and in the back there was a refrigerated/frozen area for vegetables that needed to be kept cool. We picked up a grocery basket and filled it with a big bag of fresh baby Bokchoy. My favorite for vegetable soba!
On the other side, there were rows and rows of noodles, sauces, rice, candy, canned and bagged everything…asian food heaven and again boxes from floor to ceiling.
With my trusty basket and two hungry children I scurried along the isles grabbing interesting and tasty morsels. Here is what we picked up:
Strawberry Pocky @ $0.99 each
Fruit Flavored Mochi @ $1.99 each
Kancho Choco Crackers @ $0.99 each
Wang Korean Plum Candy @ $2.29
Organic Soba Noodles @ $2.99 each
Lung Ching Tea with Spiffy Container @ $6.99
Soba Noodle Dipping Sauce @ $3.49
Organic Worcestershire $3.99 and Organic Tamari Soy $4.29
Baby Bokchoy @$0.99 per pound
Sprimp Chips @ $2.39 per bag
Vinh Phat Market
The prices were very reasonable for most of the items in the store. They did have some very overpriced cookware and decor based on the quality of the items. Most of the novelty things were very inexpensive – such as the chinese candles and incense. However, I would stay away from most non-grocery items due to the high dollar markup.
Overall, I thought it was a great experience even with the appearance of the shopping center. The store offers very unique and fun items that people don’t see unless they travel to Asia. Everything is authentic. Not to mention that the candy and cookies are delicious!
The store staff were helpful when prompted and seemed easy to get along with. Communication was a breeze with some of the younger staff. The older staff understood me, but there was a language barrier. I’m happy to say we left Vinh Phat Market very satisfied with our purchases and will return again sometime in the future.
Vinh Phat Market is located at 12351 Florida Blvd. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815 (225) 273- 1175
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