Welcome to Hmong Food home cooking website where you will learn the basics of Hmong cooking as well as other Asian recipes, with a few of them being my own creations. We all know asian food when we see it, but what's Hmong food? Some of what we know as Hmong Food in America today are recreations of popular asian dishes that the Hmong people have learned to cook by living amongst the Lao and Thai people. They are rich in flavors and pleasing to our taste buds such as curry, Pho beef noodle soup, papaya salad and three color drink (aka Nab Vam). You will also be guided into learning actual traditional Hmong food that is made with simple flavors which reflects Hmong people lifestyle as agriculturalists. This is the first cooking website that will share many of these traditional and modern Hmong and Asian recipes that you would particularly find on a Hmong American family dinner table.

Tender Broiled Pork with Spicy Pepper Sauce

Tender Broiled Pork with Spicy Pepper Sauce

Tender Broiled Pork with Spicy Pepper Sauce

 

A common and simple way of having dinner in a hmong family is having very succulent tasty pork with a wonderful spicy pepper dipping sauce and steamed white rice. Experience Hmong food at its simplest. Enjoy. (warning: very spicy pepper so only dip meat lightly on pepper sauce!)

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Cellophane Noodles with Bamboo Stir Fry – Peev Choj

Peev choj - Cellophane noodle

Peev choj - Cellophane noodle

 

 

This Hmong stir fry cellophane noodles though may look peculiar to some, is no doubt delicious and can quite honestly be addictive. This stir fry noodle is often served at hmong feasts and other gatherings of friends and family. The best part about this dish is that it’s quite simple and quick to make.

Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes

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Papaya Salad – Qaub

qaub, papaya salad

Qaub, papaya salad

Papaya salad is a favorite shared asian dish of southeast asia. It has Lao and Thai roots but everyone makes it a bit different from one another. Hmong people make their papaya most similar to Lao and Thai people. You could even say Hmong papaya fuse a little of both Lao and Thai style together in Hmong papaya salad. This dish is stinky in a good way and quite addictive.  Often times, people rush to the Hmong new year festivals just so they can buy some papaya salad. Make sure to choose a nice large (ripe) green papaya for this dish.

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Sweet Soy Bean Rice Patties – Mov Phom

Mov Phom Sweet Soy Bean Rice Patties

Mov Phom Sweet Soy Bean Rice Patties

 

 

This traditional soft sweet fluffy delight makes a great healthy snack. In Laos, sugar is found in towns only. The Hmong people didn’t always add sugar since they lived in mountains secluded from the rest. Traditionally Hmong people wrapped the rice patties in banana leaves but aluminum foil works just fine. You will need a regular sized blender and a steamer.

Preparation time 25-30 minutes.

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Vietnamese three color drink – Nab Vam

Tri color dessert

Tri-color dessert - Nab Vam

 

 

Total preparation and cooking: 2 hours & 30 minutes.

This sweet drink is a Vietnamese way of making Nab Vam. It’s not only appealing to look at but it will definitely satisfy your sweet cravings. No need to go to the restaurants anymore as I am giving you the secret recipe right here :) It does require some time to make, but it’s well worth making for a good crowd on any occasion.

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Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad

Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad

Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad

 

Bun (pronounced as boon) is a Vietnamese salad. Besides ordering Pho noodle soup at the Pho restaurants, Bun salad is always another option to have. I learned to make Bun from my oldest sister awhile back when we first made it for the first time for the family. You could oven or grill your meat and would come out just as succulent as the restaurant’s. Enjoy!

Preparation: 5 minutes. Marination: 2 hours. Cooking: 45-55 minutes.

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