Tung Hing is a small bakery selling Vietnamese and Chinese pastries and banh mi (Vietnamese subs) made with freshly baked (in house) baguettes.
I wrote a review about Tung Hing back in 2009 when I first discovered this gem on Kingsway. It has since become one of my favourite haunts in Vancouver and I go there at least once a month for a quick, cheap snack even though it is not really convenient for me location-wise.
My original review quoted a price of $2.75 for their house special. Unfortunately, inflation has obviously taken its toll because the house sub is now $3.25 and all subs are increasing in price by $0.25 as of April 2, 2013. I still think for the price, you will struggle to find a better snack in the city.
The other thing they have changed is the hot peppers, They now remove most of the seeds which is a nice touch. It adds a nice amount of heat to the sandwich without burning your mouth too much. I have tried all of the subs on the menu and every one of them is tasty. My favourite right now is the garlic shredded chicken ($3.75 as of April 2, 2012) but its probably been every sub on the menu at one time or another.
Overall, Tung Hing is one of the best deals in the city and still my favourite Vietnamese sub shop. I will return regularly!
Visited here on a Saturday to try their famous Vietnamese sandwiches. They bake the bread in house, so you are guaranteed a nice crusty french loaf with your order. Had the special and it was loaded with pate and pork. Lots of veggies as well, great deal at only $3.25. Also ordered the garlic sausage sandwich, good but stick to the special. They had other bakery items there but did not try it. Take out only as there is no sitting. Service was quick and friendly, would return for sure.
I was craving a Vietnamese sub so I figured, what the hey I'll drive out here. I've actually been here many times before for their baked goods but have yet to try their subs. It's a small store front with a few case displays and a deli counter as they prepare the subs right before your eyes. If you arrive at the right time, you can enjoy a freshly baked baguette. Their baguettes are footlong in length, light, airy and flaky yet soft inside, filled with all the usual fresh veggies, including hot peppers; not too much, not too little filling. Let the bread sop up the sauce a little.
My lemongrass garlic chicken sub was the perfect, non greasy midday snack. The tender chicken pieces were marinated nicely, with a garlic hint that slightly overpowers the lemongrass. I also picked up a few buns to go including their well known durian coconut bun, which is similar to a cocktail bun, with a richer and more ample durian and shreadded coconut cream filling. Try it.
Their more unique buns are a little more expensive though I feel it's well worth it, and they have all the regular standbys like egg tarts and bbq pork buns. The subs are a near steal, starting at $2.75, and uses their fantastic in house made bread. I'm not sure if they still have that deal where you buy 10 subs for $25 and get the 11th one free but it didn't look like their prices have changed after all these years. Arguably one of the best banh mi's in the city.
Service is polite, friendly and efficient, and the staff speak several languages. A small quibble would be that they've always used white paperbags to pack the buns; I don't know if they use box containers or reserve them to large orders.
On a street riddled with at least a dozen other Vietnamese foodstops, it's worth dropping by. Another great thing, they don't run out of bread, so you can get your banh mi fix right up until closing.
I been to this bakery several times over the years. This time I was getting the oil in my car changed at a buddy's auto repair shop at 3pm wednesday. Since I had a craving for a Vietnamese sandwich...just walked two blocks with a pitstop at Midlands's Liquidators. If one want to park...I would recommend the backstreet behind the store or the front parking lot as Kingsway is out of bounds for 3 hours rush. I don't recommend parking across the street as its a bit of a hassle for cars to dissipate.
The order counter is on the right side as you step in and there are 6 types of Banh Mi available on the little chalk board...namely House ( 3 types of mystery meat), Honey garlic sausage, meatball (terrine style), veggie (tofu/vermicelli), lemongrass chicken (thighs) and garlic shredded chicken. Of course it comes with the usual suspects...daikon/carrot slaw, special sauce, homemade mayo, pate spread, cilantro, a cucumber spear and optional hot peppers...Best of all...in a freshly baked instore footlong baguette. Prices have gone slightly up...now ranging from $3.25 to $3.75. I usually order the lemongrass unless they run out..then its the optional house or meatball sub. My only complaint is the daikon/carrot slaw could be more intense in flavor but otherwise a satisfactory good inexpensive sandwich!! As always...CASH ONLY....lol!
We stopped in here after picking up some garden supplies nearby. We've had some of the Asian pastries at Tiem Banh before and found them quite decent and reasonable priced, this time we gave on of their subs a try. For the price, $2.75, you get your money's worth! The House Special which we choose was served on a very crunchy-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside-bread, nice pate with pork, vegetables, and turkey ( or was it chicken? ). While the size of the bread is somewhat smaller ( and thus less quantity of filling ) than Subway's, located on the next block, you get a much tastier sandwich at a much reduced price compared to Subway's.
There's not really anywhere in the shop to sit and eat, as the store is more designed for you to pick up and go. Some of the pastry items in the display case seemed a little old, always try to pick popular items as you'll be sure that they're freshly made. When in doubt just ask the counter person what was made the same day.
The women behind the counter are pleasant enough, no negative comments from us whatsoever.
My advice: stop in for a tasty and value packed sandwich and skip Subway!
This has been our regular place for banh mi for years. Great subs and although they have had price increases over the years it's still cheap! We usually get the House Special (various pork cuts) with an extra schmear of pate and the Garlic Sausage Banh Mi. Excellent fresh ingredients, always fresh bread and the place is relatively clean to the eye. A big plus is that because they bake their own bread, they never run out. So unlike other places you can arrive at anytime of the day and be confident you can still get your banh mi.
The staff so far have been fast and efficient. Often there is a line up but it moves quickly.
Although I would highly recommend the banh miI personally would take a pass on the baked goods. My other half enjoys the casava cake and other items so inevitably we always end up with some of their bakery stuffs. Over the years we've tried most of their bakery case items. I personally have never been too impressed with their bakery goods. The filling in many are a tad scant for me.
Good place to go if you feel like a sub and really want to eat fresh, fast and cheap.