Longdan Express, E2 7NX
- 020 3222 0118
- 25 Hackney Road, E2 7NX
- 10am-10pm Mon-Sun
Vietnamese/pan-Asian supermarket near Hoxton Station.
They also have branches in Leyton, Kingston, and Walworth. This branch used to include an Aobaba concession in the form of a banh mi (Vietnamese baguette-based sandwich) and bubble tea takeaway stand, but as of March 2015 this has moved to 57-59 Kingsland Road.
It's a reasonably large store, well-organised and clean. The stock is quite varied, covering ingredients from a number of East/Southeast Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. As well as food items, they sell homewares such as sake flasks and rice bowls.
On Kake's September 2012 visit, notable items included: fresh ho fun and cheung fun; salted and preserved duck eggs; interesting fresh herbs and greenery such as cynanthe flowers and sliced banana blossoms; frozen fish such as catfish, pony fish, and tilapia; frozen offal including beef lungs and duck tongues; tempeh; and many different kinds of frozen dumplings.
They also had a wide variety of soft drinks such as nuoc yen and aloe vera drink, as well as bottled beers/lagers such as Sapporo (Japanese), Tsing Tao (Chinese), and Bintang (Indonesian).
Accessibility: Four steps to get in (with handrail).