Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Longdan Express Oriental Supermarket - London Elephant and Castle

Anybody living in South East London (along the lines of Elephant and Castle)? If you do, you may have noticed an Asian store that was being renovated for a few months, and you may have been thinking when will this place be opened. Well, the store opened two days ago (January 21st) underneath a block of student flats that has replaced a gas station which once had a drive-in Burger King. Ah, no more Burger King. (I only went in there once!).

Longdan is a Vietnamese run chain store. From their UK website it looks as if this is one out of four stores running in the South East area of the UK so far. I think this might also be smaller than the other stores, but it's bigger than some of the other Asian stores around the area.
Longdan Express Oriental Supermarket


Opened on 21st Jan 2013


The Entrance and there's a cafe called "aobaba" - not set up yet I think...


A look from the outside


The hot food section - doesn't look ready yet
Well on the outside it doesn't look big, but when you go inside, it feels big!! 

There are a few long aisles... 
This is what you see when you go in!


The cookery utensil section at the back of the store


A look from the other end
A lot of frozen sections...
Ready meals and desserts!


Lots of stuff ^^


More frozen stuff
There are some chilled sections (I forgot to take pictures of them!). They have some Japanese sushi, Korean kimbap, Korean pancakes and a lot of other stuff! And here's the drink section...

A Japanese / Korean frozen food section (there's also a dry food section that sells other stuff like miso paste, sushi rice wine etc, etc)...
Japanese and Korean frozen foods


Vegetable section
Cookery utensils...
Wow!!


Awesome cookery stuff ^^
Other stuff...
Cute sweets!


Vietnamese bread
And the most important section for me is the BENTO BOX section!! (I think Japan Centre have met their competition here in London!!).
Yeeeeah!!! Bento Boxes (lunch boxes)!!! 


Ordinary lunch boxes


Loads of Bento Boxes and utensils!!!!!!!
Here's my purchases from yesterday. It was £9.35 for everything. The bento box cost £3.90. The pot noodle pho is 70p. The dried shrimp cost £2.45, and the fishballs cost £2.30.
My first purchase
I went in there again today to purchase some more things, and also to have a proper look at their frozen section. They have one of my favourite Japanese foods - takoyaki (fried octopus balls), which I tried out last year! (It was buy one get one free, but I didn't get the free one because I bought the last bag). They even have Korean dumplings (I have always wanted to try them)!!! Here I spent over £22 (because I bought a couple more lunchboxes for a friend in Canada)!!
My second purchase
A closer look of the other bento boxes that I will be sending to Canada! ^_^ (sorry for the flash bit - too lazy to take another pic!)
Longdan is a little expensive compared to other Asian stores in the area and of course in comparison to London China Town. So I guess you should compare prices before buying. They don't sell some of the Chinese foods that I like, and they don't sell Nissin noodles, :( (they do now) but I don't mind the bento box section - as it's in my price range! ^_^.

So overall, I will still be going to other local Asian stores but I will definitely go to Longdan for some of the frozen foods!

Address: 128-132 Walworth Road, London SE17 1JL
Telephone: 020 7701 2566

Opening times: Monday - Saturday 10am -10pm, and Sunday + Bank Holidays: 11am - 8pm

Other stores are located in: Leyton, Kingston and Shoreditch



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Update 25/01/2013

There's more stuff! More bakery stuff! More chilled foods! And I found beef flavoured mandu!! ^_^

Update 02/02/2013
Well I finally got some more pictures of the chilled section... 
They sell tofu dessert too!! ^^

Big selection of chilled foods!!

And some of the food I bought...
Korean "sushi" called maki

Korean savoury pancakes - pajeon

Japanese Takoyaki balls (Octopus balls)

Update 01/04/2013 (not an April Fools joke!)
The cafe is now open!!! Passed it on Saturday, and they're already in business!! ^_^

Some other Asian stores you may be interested in which are also in the area...
http://asimplegeekylife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/little-orient-elephant-and-castle.html
http://asimplegeekylife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/other-asian-supermarket-stores.html

17 comments:

  1. Really neat!!!

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    1. :D Yeah it is!! They have Nissin noodles now, hehehe

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  2. Nice! I just visited here for the first time today and felt like I had died and gone to Asian heaven! Will certainly be back often as it's close to where I live so now I don't always have to spend more money and time going to Chinatown. Love this place already but it could be dangerous for my wallet if I don't control myself!

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    1. Heheheh, yes I agree, it's dangerous for people's wallets (and purses). :D

      Went passed there earlier in the week, and I think their cafe is opening soon! Can't wait to try their bubble tea! ^_^

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  3. Went there for the first time today! brought some new range frozen fish, taro and squid balls to try!

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    1. :D Enjoy... I was planning to go there yesterday, but spent my money on a kebab :(

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  4. How were the frozen takoyaki? How did you heat them up? And do you remember the price? ^^; sorry for all the questions- I really want some takoyaki as you can see ha ha.

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    1. LOL. They were ok. I didn't deep fry them, so they were kind of not as oily or succulent as those you would get in a restaurant. Not enough octopus in them... Can't remember the price but I can have a look later... ^_^

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    2. Hi again! They are £3.75. Packet of 16 balls.

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  5. Hey! Thanks for answering my questions (from takoyaki girl lol) I've tried takoyaki at yo! sushi and from a stall in chinatown. I can't remember much about the yo! ones, but the ones from the chinatown stall are pretty good! You only get 3/4 balls for £2.60- but they're made fresh in front of you in the traditional style with the hot pan with semi circle holes- had them once a loooong time ago- but they were delicious! You should try it!!

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    1. Heheheh, I haven't tried the Yo! ones... or maybe I have and I just can't remember XD
      Haven't tried the ones in China Town... Which stall? The ones by the car park?

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  6. Love your blog by the way! I'm also a chinese Londoner and I love food lol :D
    : takoyaki-lover-who's-only-had-it-twice- :P

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    1. Ah, thank you!! :D
      Fell in love with takoyaki balls after my first taste!

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  7. Yep! The stall by the car park. It takes a while to make and the right person needs to be there to make it I think. I'm having serious cravings for it now lol.

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  8. Oh wow, bento boxes! Will have to visit

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    1. get the ones with the clips... the plastic top ones don't last long :(

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