This special little hideaway has been a Hmong establishment since before I was here in Minnesota—over 10 plus years stemming back to my arrival back in August of 1998. Before Destiny Cafe, it was a restaurant tailoring exclusive Hmong cuisines, specifically towards taming the palates of the Hmong people; which includes the simple purplish speckled black sweet sticky rice, marinated to perfection and then fried quartered dark meat chicken of the combination thigh and drummy intact in one, stuffed to perfection spicy Hmong sausage, and the popular fiery Thai red peppered, funky fishy aroma of the papaya salad. Secreted inside what many Hmongs know as the Sunrise building in Saint Paul, Minnesota, this establishment has gone through different hands, and most recently, a new hand that would reestablish the Sunrise market as having one of the best pho eateries in town.
Why is that?
Well, this establishment serves a special pho unorthodox to the original Vietnamese soup mixing in an assortment of different proteins that would enhance the soup itself such as: shrimps, chunks of imitation crabmeats, sliced roast pork, tripe, 2 different types of meatballs (fish & beef), sliced Asian meatloaf, tendons, thinly sliced beef, and in addition to the chunks of cooked dark brown spongy-like blood cubes I call blood jell-o.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit this place, you won’t regret it. I’m giving the food 8 out of 10—based solely on their special pho dish—and giving their customer service, in their hosts and hostesses, a lacking 5 of 10. To finalize this in placing Destiny Cafe’s final tally at just a smidgen over the median range of 6.5 of 10.