Vietnamese Food and Cooking

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    July 3, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Richfield

    It's hard to say exactly what a typical suburb is nowadays, but whatever your definition, we doubt Richfield fits it. Although Richfield has its share of big box retailers and cookie cutter houses, it is also home to several ethnic groceries, locally owned restaurants, and life threatening traffic c ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Ask Hot Dish: Where can I find bao in the Twin Cities?

    We at Hot Dish love helping eaters find the perfect dining or drinking experience. In a new ongoing series, we'll be answering your most pressing food- and drink-related questions. If you've got a query, email us and you might see your question and our answer here. Dear Hot Dish, I'm seriously c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Top 5 ways to use UV's new Sriracha-flavored vodka

    Yesterday the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported that Phillips Distilling Co. is set to release the 20th flavor variety in its line of UV Vodka, and this one's a spicy little number. Adding a Sriracha-flavored vodka is an especially smart move by the Minneapolis-based company, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Quang vs. Jasmine Deli: Pho Fight

    Sadly, traditional dishes with working-class origins often mutate into pretty, convenient, much less soulful mass-market versions. Beef stroganoff becomes Hamburger Helper, calzones become P'zones, and Greek yogurt becomes fat-free Yoplait, "packed with protein" in its little pouch like face cream- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Top 5 places to eat in Little Mekong

    Billed as Saint Paul's answer to Eat Street, the Little Mekong area at the east end of University Avenue has become something of a destination lately. There are still plenty of shuttered businesses to go around, but with the Central Corridor light rail set to open in 2014 and its easy accessibility ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Vo's Vietnamese will take over former El Meson space

    Ever since Hector Ruiz's beloved tapas restaurant El Meson closed in the fall of 2012, neighborhood residents and food scenesters wondered who would take over the space. The tiny storefront is outfitted with a full kitchen, obviously, but could just as easily be turned into an office or retail store ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Chef's Day Off: Where the W.A. Frost team likes to eat

    It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    YumMi Banh Mi is selling its food trailer. Here's your chance.

    Food trucks may be in hibernation (although not all: Chef Driven Co, Tot Boss, Fork in the Road, and a couple others are still braving the frigid temps). However, street eats season is just a couple of months away. Have you got a great mobile food idea? We found a trailer that's looking for a new ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Top 10 sandwiches in the Twin Cities

    The venerable sandwich has long been lauded as the ultimate portable meal, and yet the best sandwiches are well worth sitting down for and lingering over. We've eaten our way through umpteen slices of rye, torpedoes of baguettes, and towers of toast (not to mention the meats-and-cheeses situation) t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    From pho to homemade pie this Week in Food

    This Week in Food begins with pho and ends with pie, the ideal bookends to the final week in September. 9/27 Mississippi Market offers the chance to meander through Southeast Asian cooking in an entirely gluten-free fashion at Thursday night's class "Cooking Southeast Asian Flavors." The distinct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Mai Village faces foreclosure, seeks community support

    See Also:Mai Village gets "Beef Backer" awardBest Vietnamese Restaurant: Mai VillageThrough the thick and thin of economic recession and construction in the Central Corridor, St. Paul's Mai Village Vietnamese restaurant has remained the object of both popular and critical affection. But now it appea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Trinh Catering food truck hits the streets

    Like gophers on a golf course, the trucks keep coming. This most recent arrival that we tracked down is the berry-red Trinh truck. Specializing in sandwiches and boba tea, it also has fresh spring rolls, Vietnamese coffee, and chips. We lined up to have a first bite.

  • Restaurants

    March 28, 2012

    Tibet Kitchen's pan-Asian dishes hit the same note

    Tibetan dishes shine over rest of the menu

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Rogue Valley tour diary, vol. 4: The benefits of local press

    ​Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here, and third here. 1/18-1/19 Rogue Valley Tour Journal: "New Year Resolution" Minneapolis: 21 degrees. St. Cloud: 17 degrees. Fergus Falls: 15 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Saigon Restaurant re-opens after latest mysterious closing

    Pho followers have been complaining all month about Saigon Restaurant's abrupt closing this September, its third extended shutdown of the year. Fans of the popular Vietnamese eatery noticed it had quietly closed on September 2. A Facebook user took to the restaurant's page and asked, "How come you ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 31, 2011

    Kinsen Noodles' ambiance outshines the food

    Style over substance in Uptown

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Saffron's Sameh Wadi: Chef Chat, Part 3

    photo by Michelle BruchSameh Wadi and his big red truck​Today we wrap up our three-part series with chef Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen. (If you missed them, read parts 1 and 2 here.) We discuss when the big red truck will be back on the streets, what's keeping him up at night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Jasmine 26's long, foodful happy hour

    Many, many happy hours​Jasmine 268 E. 26th St., Minneapolis612.870.3800Hours and Details:Daily, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.-close$3 selected beers$5 martinis and cocktails--cucumber martini, ginger fizz, margarita, pom bomb1/2 off all wine and sake by the glass and bottle$4.95 appetizers--te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    OED adds banh mi and muffin top

    Banh mi makes the cut, as does doughnut hole.​Language standards are loosening up, as evidenced by last week's update of the Oxford English Dictionary, which added a few slangy acronyms--OMG and LOL, FYI, and WAG--as well as the trendy terms smack talk, couch surf, fixed gear, and ick factor. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    University Avenue's best Asian restaurants

    Restaurants worth fighting LRT construction.​This week's Dish review dubbed On's Thai Kitchen on University at Snelling in St. Paul as a restaurant worth enduring the hassle of LRT construction (Work is now being done between Emerald and Hamline, with the 'dozers moving on to the rest of Universit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Ngon's locavore happy hour of the week

    MN wine and a turntable​Ngon Vietnamese Bistro799 University Ave., St. Paul651.222.3301Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m. $5 appetizers/small platesMonday - Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.$2 off Minnesota wines, $1 off Minnesota beersBecause Twin Citians vorac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Indochin now open on Grand Avenue

    Indochin arrives on Grand Avenue.​Last month, sisters Ha Tu and Thu Nguyen, owners of the Que Nha restaurant at 849 University Avenue in St. Paul, opened a new restaurant, Indochin, at the nearby location of 1702 Grand Avenue. The Asian American Press reports that the Indochin menu will initi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Pho Tau Bay vs. Pho 79: An Eat Street pho face-off

    Danielle LenzPho 79's signature pho: like a hug in a bowl​You may have heard by now that when it comes to Vietnamese food, Minnesota serves up some of the best in the country, at least according to Anthony Bourdain. We couldn't agree more. And with the recent arctic temperatures, this is fortu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Chino Latino's Tuan Nguyen: Chef Chat, part 1

    ​Noticed the new Chino Latino billboards? No, they're not as outrageous/enraging as its past campaigns. These billboards feature the supersized eye of the restaurant's new executive chef, Tuan Nguyen. Nguyen, Chino Latino's first Asian executive chef, joins the restaurant 25 years into his car ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010
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    September 17, 2010

    The best thing I ate this week

    Crowning a new banh mi king!​The best thing to come out of France's colonization of Vietnam is, arguably, the banh mi. The pitch-perfect sandwich marries a pillowy, delicately crusted baguette with meat (often pork) or mock meat, pickled and fresh veggies (carrots, cucumber, and usually cilant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Gastro Non Grata talks meat, beer, and rock 'n' roll: Chef Chat, Part 2

    courtesy of Gastro Non GrataJeff Mitchell and Craig Drehmel like to eat thumb-and-forefinger style. ​Gastro Non Grata, which started out as a series of food/beer/rock talk shows at the Triple Rock, has now grown into the balls-out extravaganza known as Vagabond Vacation--this Sunday at First Avenu ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010
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    May 19, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Bubble Me kicks out quick Vietnamese-style sandwiches

    I typically head to Eat Street when I'm feeling like a great Vietnamese-style sandwich, but the relatively new Bubble Me in Uptown had me curious enough to stop in for lunch.

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Now Open: Cafe Kem

    ​After several delays, Cafe Kem has opened at 26th and Nicollet, within a banh mi's toss of its owners other restaurants, Jasmine Deli and Jasmine 26. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was in last week and reports that it's a slick, wi-fi enabled coffee shop/snack shop (banh mi and panini) that's sellin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì

    The best thing to come out of Indochina's French Colonial era...

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Top 10: College foods

    Things like pho, kimchi and lentil shepherd's pie top college students' cafeteria meals of choice.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Food Fight: Pho Tau Bay vs. Pho 79 pho

    We weigh in on two different Eat Street takes on pho aka Vietnamese comfort food.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Jasmine Deli customer says she got salmonella from banh mi

    Jasmine Deli has been sued by a customer saying she got salmonella from one of the restaurant's banh mi sandwiches.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Epic Sandwich: Good cheap eats at Jasmine Deli

    The moment I walked into Jasmine Deli I knew it was unpolished enough to be my kind of place.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Saigon christens new digs with grand opening

    The new Saigon is bigger, but the jury's out on whether or not it's better.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Saigon now open in new location

    The world is a happier place: Saigon Restaurant & Bakery reopens after a three-month hiatus.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Can Pho Hoa make a go of a cursed restaurant spot?

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    After all-too-brief stints as the Chinese restaurants Yummy and Rela ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 17, 2008

    Very Vietnam

    Eat Street's new Hoàng Thiên Ý Deli is homey and exotic all at once

  • Restaurants

    December 26, 2007

    Best Dishes of 2007

    For some, 2007 will forever be the year of wide stances in public bathrooms, but for foodies, other moments stand out

  • News

    October 10, 2007

    The MnDOT Motto

    A day late, a dollar short, and the wrong address

  • Restaurants

    June 27, 2007

    Pho K.O.

    Ngon Bistro defies all conventional wisdom and opens in Frogtown with elegance to burn, wine for the ages, and the best beef pho in town

  • Restaurants

    May 5, 2004

    The Seventh Dimension

    Mai Village boasts the best part of Vietnam's food, art, and architecture, and its long meals with family

  • Restaurants

    November 19, 2003

    Vietnamese Va-Voom

    Breadbox-sized Rice Paper proves that sometimes less is more

  • Restaurants

    December 12, 2001

    Bánh Mì Bonhomie

    The Sandwich Even a Critic Never Tires Of, and Other Happy Surprises

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    January 10, 2001
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    August 9, 2000
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    July 26, 2000
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    September 29, 1999