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.
Hmong sausage is usually always made with pork. However in my family, we also enjoy chicken sausage (my mother’s clever idea). This simpler and healthier version of hmong sausage is just as mouthwatering as any hmong or southeast asian sausages you will ever experience. No doubt that you’ll also enjoy it as much as my family does. Serve with steamed steamed rice, sticky rice and your favorite chili sambal too!
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
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 minutesRead the full recipe
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.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
I love oven broiled fish stuffed with fresh herbs! It’s not just yummy but it’s really healthy. Lao and Thai people use more herbs and seasonings but i just love the simple way my parents make this fish dish. Some lemon grass, kaffir leaves, fresh mints are enough to give the fish a wonderful aromatic and tasty flavor!
Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 15 minutesRead the full recipe