Dong Phuong Oriental Restaurant & Bakery
Every time I visit Dong Phuong, I always get an Avocado Smoothie. It's just avocado, condensed milk, whole milk, and ice. It's served with tapico pearls but I typically ask for it without the pearls. Another favorite is the French style ice coffee. It's Cafe Du Monde coffee with condensed milk and poured over ice. So simple but absolutely delicious.
In this blog, I am going to focus on the bakery side of the operation because let's be honest, it's quite spectacular. Dong Phuong supplies much of the Asian markets along the Gulf Coast with an array of pastries and Vietnamese style baguettes.
I love using these baguettes for stews and soups; not to mention hot pots. When I stop by, I typically buy about 30 baguettes. I eat some fresh and freeze the rest. Once they're toasted back up in the oven, you can't tell the differences.
|Assortment of Savory Pastries|
|BBQ pork turnovers on top|
Can you say this place has all your Vietnamese style desert needs? Just the che selection is huge. Che could be described as a sweet desert soup. Most of the time consisting of some sort of fruits, sweeten milk or coconut milk/water. There's a wild variety offered here, but it's really best you know what you're getting into before ordering one of these. Most have a gelatinousness texture to it, so if you're not one who likes that I would suggest you staying away.
No worries though, if you're hankering for a desert. There are these huge buns there that one of my friends call "paris buns." They're like giant Madeline cookies. You know the ones that are shaped like a shell. These have the same buttery taste. Not to mention the variety of gummy-like candy and yucca cake. Love the green yucca cake that they offer here. It's super moist and tasty. And, if you're more of a traditionalist there is always that one cooler with cake slices. Dong Phuong does it all from scratch.
Don't let the exterior of this humble building fool you. The food is first class all the way. The ladies in the bakery has always been nice to me. However space is limited. You have to have a game plan before coming inside. Unless you come early, don't plan on browsing. There's just enough room in the aisle for you to turn a circle and knock something over. I usually start from one side.. pick up things I need as I make my way to the banh mi station.. then loop around to get more stuff and pay. I send the purchases out to the car and wait until my order is called out; grab it and make the great escape.
Dong Phuong is always on my list of places to stop by whenever I am in the New Orleans area. For a look at the very extensive menu click here.