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.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

 

Preparation: 40 min to soak noodles. Cooking: 10 minutes

Pad Thai is a wonderful explosion of surprising flavors of shallots, peanuts and tamarind. The key to making pad thai is knowing how long to soak your noodles as it varies from different brands to different sized noodles. This recipe is based on cooking pad thai with thin noodles. Make sure to cook it on high heat and mix thoroughly continuously to prevent noodles from sticking to one another.

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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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Scrambled eggs with melted Tomatoes – Qe Kib xyaw txiv lwm suav

Qe Kib saw txiv lwm suav

Qe Kib saw txiv lwm suav

 

 

My mother tells me that in Laos, Hmong people would just fry lots of tomatoes from their garden and scramble in some eggs from their chicken coop. This is perfect for breakfast. It’s so simple and it tastes much better than it looks! This is one of my favorite ways to eat eggs and could be yours too.

Preparation: 5 minutes. Cooking: 10 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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Hmong pepper dipping sauce – Kua Txob Ntsw Nqaij

Hmong pepper dipping sauce - kua txob ntsw nqaij

Hmong pepper dipping sauce - kua txob ntsw nqaij

 

 

 

This Hmong pepper dipping sauce is perfect for serving with any grilled, bbq and ovened meat. Its also perfect for eggrolls, steamed rice rolls and cabbage rolls (these recipes can be found on this website). The oil and vinegar in this recipe it meant to help reduce chilli peppers’ heat.

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Sesame balls – Qe ncuav kib

Qe ncuav kib - sesame balls

Qe ncuav kib - sesame balls

 

 

Preparation: 20 minutes. Cooking: 12 minutes

This chinese delightful dim sum is also a favorite appetizer known to southeast asia. My mother used to make sesame balls when I was just a little girl. I remember she would let me roll the dough into balls before frying them.

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