Jasmine 26: Vietnamese Delights in the Minneapolis

jasmine 26 minneapolisI’m winding up our visit to Minneapolis with a re-cap of our dinner at Jasmine 26.  Jasmine 26 is a Vietnamese restaurant.  While it is not a vegan restaurant, I’d read from several accounts online that they were very vegan friendly.  They don’t clearly mark which things can be made vegan on their menu; although, they do have the option of adding tofu or mock duck to dishes.

We arrived around 6 pm.  The place was pretty quiet and there was no wait.  (It had filled up a bit by the time we were leaving.)  The ambience was darkly lit and serene with a clean aesthetic.   After looking over the menu, David and I both had dishes we wanted to try and questions about which things could be made vegan.

Crepe Jasmine 26 MinneapolisWith a chill in the air outside, I was having a hard time deciding between a warming bowl of vegetable pho or the Jasmine Crepe (Bánh Xèo).  The server said that both dishes could be prepared vegan, and so I sided with the dish that would require a lot of effort to make at home.

The crispy turmeric rice coconut crepe was filled to brimming with stir-fried tofu, mock duck, bean sprouts, onion, and yellow mung beans.  Alongside it was a mound of cool lettuce, cucumber, mint, and pickled carrot.  The server told me that people like to stuff the crunchy, cold vegetables into the crepe with every bite for added texture and a variety of temperatures.  I drizzled soy vinaigrette onto it, which tasted very much like the tangy Mock Nuoc Cham in Vegan Eats World.  I rarely have fresh mint, outside of drink garnishes, but it added a wonderful dynamic in this dish and made it feel totally unique in comparison to my usual dinners.

Basil Noodles Jasmine 26 MinneapolisDavid ordered the Basil Noodles (Bành Phỏ Xào), prepared vegan.  (It typically comes with chickens’ eggs in the dish.)  The wide stir-fried rice noodles were covered with pea pods, carrots, and green onions.  He also added tofu for an additional charge to the full-flavored dish.

We don’t have any vegan friendly Vietnamese restaurants in our town.  So it was a wonderful change of pace from our typical options.  It would be awesome if Jasmine 26 added V’s to their menu for easier ordering for vegans, but it’s great that they are so accommodating.  Everything we asked about could be made vegan, and so it seems like there are lots of options for people willing to do a bit of sleuthing.


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    • says

      It really was a delicious, cozy meal for a cold night. I’d never had Vietnamese crepes before this, but I’d love to have them again sometime!

    • says

      I went to Ecopolitan in May, but we didn’t make it there this visit. I was tempted, but it was so chilly that it was hard to think about having a raw meal! I had the taco pizza and a really terrific juice when I went last spring. What’s your favorite thing to order there?

  1. Jackie at Vegan Yack Attack says

    This all looks so good! The only time that I’ve been in Minneapolis is while on a layover, so I may just have to dedicate a trip to checking out the vegan eats!

    • says

      Minneapolis is a fun city and it has a beautiful skyline. Maybe you can combine it with a Michigan trip some year… and of course, you’ll have to stop by Iowa while you’re in the area! :)

  2. says

    This looks so good! I like your style of choosing what to eat based on how difficult it would be to make at home. I’m definitely going to have to employ this method next time I have trouble deciding between dishes. I think I would have also gone with the Vietnamese crepe as well. We’ve made it at home, but I can never get the sauce quite right.

    • says

      In addition to our mutual fear of dough, I’m intimidated by crepes as well. I’ve had too many frustrating injera attempts in the past that scarred me. :)

    • says

      Asian noodle dishes are one of my weaknesses too! (Italian noodle dishes I can take or leave.) I’d love to explore more of their menu the next time we’re in town.

  3. says

    Everything looks so good, I would have had a hard time deciding what to pick. I like your method of choosing based on how difficult it is to make, I’m going to have to put that method to use the next time I have to decide. The crepes look delicious.

    • says

      It’s always fun to indulge in something that would be arduous and time consuming to make at home! I seem to appreciate a dinner so much more when I know how much energy it would take to achieve it.

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