Destiny Cafe

Destiny Café

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.



  1. Jerry Thao

    June 17, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Mmm…mmm…good…is all I can say.

  2. Jewls

    June 21, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Great pho!

    This is one of the best pho I've ever had! Try it once and you'll definitely go back again, trust me.

  3. nkaujhmoob

    June 22, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    My ratings… for the food, I give it 5 out of 10 and service, I'll it an 3 out of 10, giving it a total rating of 4 out of 10. There Special Destiny Pho is only special because of the large serving size and I might add that there papaya salad… well let's just say I'll won't get my salad from there ever again. :X

    I must say if your looking for cheap Asian food and doesn't really mind the fact that it's a restaurant / Ballroom / deli then go for it but i won't recommend bring someone there for a romantic date.

  4. Chieng C. Vang

    June 22, 2009 at 12:54 AM

    Yep, can't disagree… darn good place to eat.

  5. Saul

    June 24, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Have had it before, it's okay, but nothing to clap your hands out loud for.

  6. Thai Yang

    July 14, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    The food's great and the waitress is smoking hot. I'd recommend it! Definately deserves a 9/10…….wait, did you want me to rate the food too? hehehe

  7. kylie

    July 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    It's pretty good!.. the extra large can be a big large, but good for hungry people!.. i would recommend it, but yes, service sucks… the waitress was drinking with another group of people, took forever to get to us.. which i think, hmong places dont know how to service much anyways… so, if it's the food, it doesnt hurt to go back…

  8. Suzy

    November 4, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    I'm a proud Hmong girl and a proud supporter of the Hmong community, but let's be honest here. The food is ranked at a 2, primarily because there is nothing special to rave about. It's typical Hmong food that can be made at home. Service is typical AsiaN service so I would rank it at a 3. Nevertheless I go there in hopes of helping out my Hmong community.

  9. Jerry Thao

    November 7, 2009 at 5:59 AM

    Be honest…this place is a lot better and is a step from all the other Hmong eateries in town. I know it's a hole in the wall, and the service is "ASIAN", but this place is getting better. Everytime I'm out there the place is getting more busier and busier and people are raving about their combination pho bowl that's normally an opposite to what other Vietnamese Pho offer.

    The old saying of: "If Hmong don't love Hmong, who's going to love Hmong."


  10. Nkaujhmoob

    November 8, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    The old saying of Hmong love? HA!

  11. Jerry Thao

    November 9, 2009 at 2:37 AM

    So stop bashing and start loving!!!

  12. Ella Robinson

    October 6, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    the best asian food that i tasted comes from Thailand.;,

  13. Money Xiong

    September 6, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    I give it 5 out of 10, the food was good but they really need to step up their service.

  14. Hmong Xiong

    July 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I love to eat out..try new restaurant. Sadly, i have to say both of their restaurant lack customer service. Improve on that and maybe your customers might come back.

    • The Vang's

      August 12, 2012 at 4:26 AM

      My family said destiny cafe was a good place to eat so me and my little family tried it I order the pho it was water down and salty. The steam roll had a little meat in it, fried rice was soft and blend. All I did was took a bite of everything and left all there no doggy bag for me. I will never eat here again I told my family that they had no taste bud if they think this place is good I’ll will never come back to this place ever again

      • chong

        August 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        I think you should go to Vietnamese Restaurant may be you will get a better tast and better price…

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