can you recommend a vietnamese/hmong place somewhere near the bandana square (if that's a neighbourhood) area for a quick pre-movie lunch?
Mai Village at 394 University Ave in St. Paul is reasonably close to bandana square. I haven't been since they seriously sparkled up the place last summer but people I know have gone and say the food is still good. Mostly Vietnamese with some Hmong dishes.
Another interesting place is to grab prepared foods from Tai Hoa BBQ at 854 University Ave in St. Paul. Zero ambience. Like none. I think they have three tables. Essentially a Vietnamese butcher shop they also make salads with tripe, barbecued pork, chicken feet, and other stuff you don't find at the Mall of America.
Otherwise, you could go out on your own to one of the many noodle shops studded along University Avenue in Saint Paul. Look for the word Fawn which is the Hmong-styled version of the Pho.
Suffocating under a pile of cheese curds.