• Thu, Apr 26 2007

Super Cao Nguyen, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City has a large Asian — particularly Vietnamese — population, being one of the cities chosen for refugee relocation when Saigon fell in the ’70′s. Through the years more Vietnamese and other Asian migrants moved to the area and today there are approximately 30,000 Asian-Americans here. Asian businesses are thriving and more keep popping up. If you’re looking to dine out, there is quite a number of Asian restaurants around, but if you’re looking to cook, Super Cao Nguyen is the place to shop for ethnic ingredients.

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Parking is rather limited considering the number of people shopping here, but there is street parking available if you can’t get in through the gates. Orbs and a lighted fountain decorate the entrance making for a very pretty welcome. There is one eye-rolling feature: the plastic palm trees! Cute and tacky at the same time, but yes, certainly appropriate for the largest Asian market in Oklahoma. Super Cao Nguyen is located in the Asian district of Oklahoma City, a.k.a. “Little Saigon”, off of Classen Boulevard. It is home to many Asian businesses like jewelry stores, banks, nail salons, as well as smaller Asian markets.

As you enter the store you’ll see a little eating area on the right, where people are feasting on the day’s offerings. You can purchase from the Chinese deli, where roasted meats are available, as are sushi, hot dishes and soups, and fixings for Banh Mi. Eat there or take it home, your choice.

The aisles are stocked to the hilt with all manner of noodles and sauces and everything else you’ll need to make great Asian food, but you have to know what you’re looking for, as there isn’t much help available. The floors and shelves are clean and well-kept.

The back of the store is dedicated to meats and seafood, so stock up. You can take fresh fish home to clean and gut yourself, or you can have it done for you. If you want it pre-cooked/fried, they’ll do that too!

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Durian, Asian vegetables like moqua and jicama and all types of greens, pig uteri and kidney, duck heads, baked goods, rice cakes, teas and medicinal herbs, all at the right price, which to me means cheaper than what we have here in Cincinnati.

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(I’ll comment on this one later.)

It’s a one-stop shop, and carries an incredible selection of Asian tableware and gift items, like lucky bamboo and Hello Kitty ceramic piggy banks that will take at least a year to fill with pocket change. But you know what caught my eye? Two things. Right at the checkout lane, they were selling “steel rubbing”, which I’m thinking is used to sharpen knives (?). They were also selling — quite effectively from the looks of it, as there were only a few left — nose hair trimmers.

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Super Cao Nguyen
Off Classen, on 2668 N. Military Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Map
Contact: Ba Luong 405-525-7650
http://www.caonguyen.com

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  • alilay

    a long time ago i accompanied a friend of mine interviewing a vietnamese who makes balut duck eggs and itlog na maalat here in california, he supplied those to a lot of filipino and asian stores and he said that he learned the process of making these eggs when he stayed in the philippines as a refugee in palawan. tingnan mo nga naman ibang lahi pa yung nakagawa at nakapagmarket nito, who would have thought.

  • http://fooddiary.blogsome.com eliza

    that’s a big vietnamese grocery store! i’m so used to see big chinese/japanese grocery stores in the west.

  • Sandy

    This is a great store, you name it, they’ve got it. If you can’t find what you need here, good luck. My daughter especially enjoys the candy section as well as the food vendor cart as you enter the store. The customers make up for the lack of help from store, everyone is very willing to help and answer any questions.

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  • Joe

    WOOT! SUPA CAO NGUYEN ROCKS! I live in Oklahoma and am Asian and I love this place! Perfect place for Banh Mi, Sushi, and Banh Bao!

  • http://Dragonzombie.com Nakamae

    A great place for asian movie is Dragon Zombie at Atomic Comics/ SW Western and 59th Street
    they have Japanese, Chinese, Korean & Thai DVD with some Blu-Ray movies
    and it is slowly geting bigger with the web sit coming soon

  • Tonya

    Anyone know what their hours of operation are? We live clear across the state now but I use to shop there all the time.. we’re making a visit back to OKC area soon and I wanna make sure to time it so we can hit the place.

  • David

    The quality of merchandize (especially food) is getting pretty bad these days. There are many expired food stuff that are still left on the shelves. In addition to that, they were selling half rotten veggies at one time (I guess they had refrigeration problems during that time). That is a very irresponsible thing for them to do. They should have discarded those veggies.

  • John

    My biggest complaint is finding an item that we like very much, buy everytime were are there and then have it disappear from the store. There is nothing like trying a new food – loving the taste -then not being able to buy it again. We shop there at least twice a month and live an hour drive away.

  • Adam

    lol, I saw those nose hair trimmers. I think they were two for 99 cents.
    I go to Super Cao Nguyen whenever I am in OKC. I can’t wait to move there. They got the NBA team and now they are getting the Devon tower too.

  • Lucy

    OKC is a great place for retirement. everything is lovely and quiet around here.

  • http://www.garman.com Steve Garman

    We are looking for fresh beef hearts. We can no longer find them in Oklahoma City. We were told that asian markets might have them or could order them.
    Can you help?
    Thanks

  • tish

    does any one if this store or any store in Oklahoma City sells cd’s? My daughter is looking for the following cd’s.

    GIRLS GENERATION – Baby Baby
    SUPER JUNIOR 3rd ALBUM SORRY

    SUPER JUNIOR SUPER SHOW 2 DVD + PHOTOBOOK + BOX SET

    thanks for your help…I’m not sure where to find these.