Went to check out Le's Deli on Rte 58, Walmart/king kullen Shop Ctr, today. They opened about 2 months ago and are advertising as Vietnamese. Mostly just regular deli food, they had one shrimp/egg/rice dish that was definitely Vietnamese. But before I went there, I was at the Firesone tire store next door and saw the employees eating and commenting on their lunch. So I asked them if they had gone there (it;s basically in their parking lot) and apparently they go often. They said some things are good and other things (they especially mentioned the fried chicken) were not too good. So when I went, I asked about the beef stew thing that I had seen the one guy eating, I asked is it Vienamese and they said yes. Well it was good beef stew (especially as I am trying to diet and the broth was not thickened at all) but there were definitely no extra spices in it. When I was paying, I did see tiny little containers of "hot sauce" and it looked hot, with lots of liitle seeds in it, so I asked for one to put in the stew, and they said "Don't put it all in!" (only probably about 1/2 z).Anyway, that smells EXCELLENT but am saving it for my husband as he really enjoys hot stuff. They have listed on their menu about 10 different Pho Noodle soups, but all they had today was beef barley and chicken noodle. They also have listed about 10 rice dishes, and 5 or 6 vermicelli dishes. Should call ahead to see what they have before just showing up I guess.
Meanwhile, I was driving around the same shopping center to leave, and I spied a tiny storefront in the back of a building near the street, you can't even see it from the road. It said "European Market", of course I had to stop in. The proprietor was very friendly and informed me that he sells Russian, Lithuanian and other Eastern European specialty items. They had dense bread to die for, all kinds of smoked fishes and cheeses and cured meats, and lots of dry goods that had no English on the packaging so don't even ask me what it all was. But it looked and smelled great! He said he will be going on the internet soon as people from other parts of New York love his stuff but it's so far to drive, so I will let everyone know when it happens. Then I told him about the Vietnamese deli and he told me that Vietnamese is one of his favorites! What a small, weird world.