Seriously, I found myself in St. Paul, close to the new Hmong Village marketplace last night, so I chowed my way down the extensive Food Court.
Where else in America can you find that vast an array of Laotian, Hmong, Thai, and other assorted SE Asian foods? You could eat a different pho every day for at least a month there.
Coupled with the Como Ave Hmong market, and the scattering of restaurants, markets, etc. around University Avenue and as far afield as Burnsville, I'm pretty sure SE Asian cuisine in this abundance has to be unique to Minnesota (outside of the inner city NY/LA areas).
So from now on I'm replacing "there isn't one" to "SE Asian Markets" as my answer to the tired, "looking for MSP's 'signature' food" question.
Flame away walleyeholics and Jucy Lucy suckers.