Vietnam in Berlin: Dong Xuan Market

IMG_2730My friends Keith and Harald took me on a bike ride to the edge of Berlin (well to be more precise: Lichtenberg) to go visit Dong Xuan Market.  IMG_2729

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IMG_2732A group of 3 (or was it 4) airplane hangar size buildings filled with mostly Vietnamese stuff.  Everything from clothing, shoes, electronics, restaurants and food markets!  There were a few Indian and Chinese vendors and certainly a fair amount of Chinese made goods but the majority of goods were Vietnamese.    IMG_2734Obviously for me the highlight was the food.  This one grocery store had everything you could imagine and a lot of things you’d probably never heard of.   It made me want to buy galangal, lemongrass and Thai eggplant and start cooking…thankfully because I was staying at a hotel and on vacation I managed to retrain myself.IMG_2733I also was forbidden to take as many pictures as I wanted of all the exotic produce, but I think you get the idea from the pictures I did take that the place is huge and filled with shops – mostly of the non food type.  Still even a hard core foodie will find lots of stuff to love about this place – if only to go and sit outside and enjoy some Phở and a beer.IMG_2737

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