I’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.
With 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.
David 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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