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.
There was a point in my life where I was seriously making spring rolls every other day. Spring Rolls is a Vietnamese appetizer that became an instant hit for the Hmong American community. It’s fairly healthy because in each roll it’s packed with fresh vegetables and lettuce! However it all depends on the individual, on what they like to put into the spring roll. In my family, we like a lot less noodles, a lot more Hmong cucumbers, lettuce and fresh mint. It’s so simple yet so tasty. And it only gets better when you make the dipping sauce for it!
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.
I once had this amazingly tasty sausage lettuce wrap at Champa Garden in Oakland. You can purchase lao sausage or hmong sausage at any southeast asian or hmong local stores in the frozen aisle. You can also purchase Vietnamese dipping sauce which is usually sold in a clear container in the vegetable chill aisle. If not, you can also make hmong sausage from scratch by doing a quick search on our website. Dipping sauce recipe below.
Preparation: 15 min Cooking: 15 min
Hmong chicken and bamboo soup is very simple and quick to make. It is very delicious as it is usually poured over white steamed rice to enjoy especially on a cold autumn or winter day. You can use fresh bamboo shoot or more conveniently canned bamboo shoots which are sold as all Asian markets.
Preparation: 10 min. Cooking: 15 min.Read the full recipe
Pork Laab is my favorite simple Laab salad. With just a few steps, you can quickly make this recipe for a family’s dinner.Read the full recipe
This is my mother’s Hmong beef jerky salad that I’ve also learned to enjoy making for our family. Whenever there’s a big Hmong feast/party, there’s a chance for leftover cow’s meat. My mom would take some of these leftover meat and use it to make beef jerky or what I would call beef jerky salad.
Preparation & Cooking: 30-40 minutes