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.

Zesty Peanut Salad – Zaub Xav Lav

Zaub Xav Lav

Zaub Xav Lav

 

My Mother’s Salad – Zaub Xav Lav
This traditional salad is very simple for any American family to make. If you ever run out of salad dressing but still have lots of healthy greens sitting in your fridge then try my mother’s salad recipe. It’s a very zesty nutty salad and quite enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to use egg yolks in this salad as yolks are actually the more nutritious part of an egg.

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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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Chicken Poppers with Basil leaves – Nqaij Qaib Kib

chicken poppers

Chicken poppers

 

 

No doubt Chicken tastes great with basil leaves. You may have tried chicken poppers before from certain asian restaurants. Now you can learn how to make it at home!

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Paprika Pork and Shrimp Kabobs

Paprika Pork and Shrimp Kabobs

Paprika Pork and Shrimp Kabobs

 

This summer I found myself on the grill a lot. When the heat is unbearable i would rush into grilling food. At one point, i quickly rubbed different seasonings to marinate the shrimp and meat and I actually ended up creating some pretty tasty kabobs. I guess you could say it was on accident :) I am sure you will like these seasoned kabobs just as much as my family did during the bbq.
Preparation: 10 minutes. Marinate: 1 hour. Cooking: 10 minutes

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Ovened Chicken Wings with Tomato Pepper Sauce – Nqaij Ki & Txiv Lwm Suav Kua Txob

Nqaij Ki & Txiv Lwm Suav Kua Txob

Nqaij Ki & Txiv Lwm Suav Kua Txob

 

 

I prefer eating this over KFC grilled chicken any day. This is a common dinner food for Hmong people because it is quick and easy and delicious. Serve this chicken with Hmong’s traditional tomato pepper sauce.

Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 20 minutes.

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Hmong Cucumber Drink – Dib Kaus

Hmong cucumber drink

Hmong cucumber drink

 

This traditional Hmong dish is made with Hmong cucumbers and is a perfect drink/ side dish for a hot summer. One sip of this cool and refreshing drink will quench your thirst. The cucumber itself brings delightful crunchiness to the drink the same way water chestnuts do for the three color drink. You can get hmong cucumbers at the farmer’s markets or Hmong neighbors. My parents grow many of them every year in their garden.

Preparation: 5-10 minutes

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