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.

Cabbage Rolls – Zaub Pob Qhwv

Zaub Pob Qhwv

Zaub Pob Qhwv

 

This is a traditional Hmong dish. My dad tells me that the Hmong in Asia often grew cabbages but I’ve been introduced to this dish only recently and it’s probably because my mom never enjoyed the smell of steamed cabbage so never bothered to make it. The first time I actually had cabbage rolls were when a college friend brought lunch after a class we had together. I didn’t know what they were but they tasted great especially with the Hmong pepper sauce.

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Quails with bamboo shoots – Noog Hau

Quails specifically are very healthy as these birds contain a lot more nutrients and less fat than say a chicken does. I love quail and I love anything with hmong bamboo shoots. You can acquire Hmong bamboo shoots only during certain times of the year at the hmong markets. Hmong bamboo shoots are tender and crunchy and well preserved. However, regular bamboo shoots can be substituted for this dish.

Preparation: 5 minutes. Cooking: 10 minutes.

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Hmong smoked ham & Green Mustards – Nqaij Npua Qhuav Xyaw Zaub Ntsuab

Hmong smoked ham & Green Mustards - Nqaij Npua Qhuav Xyaw Zaub Ntsuab

Hmong smoked ham & Green Mustards - Nqaij Npua Qhuav Xyaw Zaub Ntsuab

 

I enjoy hmong smoked ham and green mustards particularly because it makes a very hearty meal on a winter day. The resulting soup broth brings a lot of warmth to the soul. Unfortunately hmong smoked ham is only available at hmong markets (found usually at the frozen aisle). If you don’t live near a hmong market then substitute with American smoked ham. Choose pieces that contain more fat for a richer soup taste.

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Favorite Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce – Zaub Fawm Kauv

Spring rolls
Zaub Fawm Kauv (Favorite Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce)

 

People have different ways of making Spring Rolls because like a pizza, it depends on what you like to put in. For me, I love mint, ground pork, cucumbers, a lot of  lettuce, sprigs of cilantro and a small hint of a shredded thin piece of green onion. The dipping sauce provided below is also a favorite dipping sauce I hope that you will enjoy!

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Lemongrass Chicken with Tofu Soup – Nqaij Qaib Hau xyaw nrog Taum Paj

Nqaij Qaib Hau saw nrog Taum Paj (Lemongrass Chicken with Tofu  Soup)

Nqaij Qaib Hau saw nrog Taum Paj

 

Ever had Tofu in chicken soup? It’s probably the best way to enjoy tofu so if you haven’t had it before don’t be hesitant because it’s easy and it tastes a whole lot better than it sounds! This traditional Hmong soup can be found cooked in various hmong gatherings such as weddings, parties, funerals, etc. It really is a heart warming soup so feel free to also mix in some steamed white rice into your soup as well.

Preparation: 5-7 minutes. Cooking:~15 minutes

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Hmong Broiled Chicken – Nqaij Qaib Hau / Nqaij qaib Vom

Hmong broiled chicken

Hmong broiled chicken

 

 

Hmong Broiled Chicken is my favorite thing to eat with the family. It’s healthy, simple, and oh so delicious! The Hmong people use freshly killed chickens which could be purchased at the asian or Hmong stores. Freshly killed chickens are more chewy than say a Foster’s chicken but they are a lot more healthy and tasty.

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