We tasted some new foods on day one of the Minnesota State Fair. Here is what we tasted:
Union Hmong Kitchen:
Located at the International Bazaar, south wall, west corner
Chef Yia Vang is a friend of the show and makes his Minnesota State Fair debut with A coconut lychee (pronounced LAI-chee) colada made with a blend of coconut milk, lychee syrup, lime and mint, served over ice. (Vegan).
(Mov pronounced mah and Nqaii pronounced ngoy) means rice and meat
Purple sticky rice with choice of sauce, including Krunchy Chili Oil (dried Thai chilis, garlic, shallots), Lemongrass Scallion Dressing (lemongrass, ginger, garlic, shallots), and Tiger Bite (Thai chilis, garlic, shallots, cilantro, fish sauce, oyster sauce, lime juice); plus, choice of skewered and grilled meat, including Hmong Sausage (house-made coarse-ground pork sausage link with Krunchy Chili Oil), Hilltribe Chicken Thigh (ginger, lemongrass), or Lemongrass Turmeric Tofu (marinated in a lemongrass and turmeric blend). (All items gluten-free; vegan options are available)
Ricks Pickle Pizza:
Located on the west side of Cosgrove Street between Wright and Dan Patch avenues
Hand-tossed homemade pizza dough topped with homemade specialty dill ranch sauce, fresh mozzarella and crunchy dill pickles, and finished with dill weed seasoning.
Minnesota Farmers Union Coffee Shop:
Located on the north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Cooper and Cosgrove streets
Pork Schnitzel Sandwich breaded and deep-fried Minnesota pork loin topped with pickled cabbage and served with mustard mayo on a toasted bun.
located in the Food Building, east wall
Soulcicle. Fried chicken on-a-stick topped with candied yam sauce, cornbread crumble, mac-and-cheese seasoned cheddar cheese, hot sauce and green onions.
LuLu’s Public House
Located at West End Market, south of Schilling Amphitheater
All-beef hot dog dipped in corn dog batter, rolled in a mixture of minced tater tots, cheddar cheese and onions, then deep-fried
Food Building, east wall
Made with condensed milk, nuts, and infused spices. Available in three creamy flavors: Almond/Cashew/Pistachio Kulfi; Mango Kulfi; and Saffron/Almond/Pistachio Kulfi.
(All Kulfi are gluten-free and vegetarian.)