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Hempstead: Value meal at V&T

From V&T Market in Hempstead, two

From V&T Market in Hempstead, two "over-rice" boxes (veg and meat) cost only $10 Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

When I find myself in Garden City, as I did this morning, it is almost impossible for me not to stop at V&T Market in Hempstead on my way back to the office in Melville. And, strictly speaking, it’s not really on my way back.

V&T was Long Island’s first and remains its most comprehensive Asian supermarket. It also houses a food court with Chinatown-style takeout. Today I got two “over rice” boxes. One contained piles of stir-fried bok choy, baby bok choy and green beans with fried tofu. The other, at least a pound of roasted meat, about evenly split between chicken and pork (char siu).

This mountain of delicious food—easily enough for four—cost $10. If there is a better deal on Long Island, I don't know about it.

V&T Market is at 12 N. Franklin St., Hempstead, 516-481-1133.

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