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 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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Lumpia Eggrolls

Lumpia eggrolls

Lumpia eggrolls

 

It was probably way back in high school when a filipino classmate brought some lumpia eggrolls to a potluck. It was the first time I ever had them and I was really amazed how less ingredients in an eggroll can taste just as good as a Hmong eggroll which contains more ingredients. But you also can’t compare the two because both have a completely different taste from one another. Lumpia eggrolls are wrapped thinner and tighter, and are made with ground beef. They can be very addicting as appetizers!

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Chicken Noodle Soup – Khaub Piaj

Chicken Noodle Soup - Khaub Piaj

Chicken Noodle Soup - Khaub Piaj

This soup will definitely relax you on any cold winter day and tastes oh so good when it’s eaten immediately from the hot stove. This is originally a simple Lao soup that at first was simply made with chicken and rice. In Laos the Hmong have taken this soup into their own homes as it is a very inexpensive and easy way to prepare for their big families. For the healthy and the sick, this could be anyone’s favorite soup so I hope you will also enjoy it.

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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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Quail Lemongrass Soup – Noog Hau

Quail Lemongrass Soup – Noog Hau nrog txuj lom

Quail Lemongrass Soup – Noog Hau nrog txuj lom

 

Preparation: ~5 minutes. Cooking: 10 minutes

My dad and I love eating birds the most in my family! Quails specifically are very healthy as this bird contains a lot more nutrients and less fat than say a chicken does. Here is a quick and easy recipe my dad and I often make. :) Enjoy!

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Three color dessert – Nab Vam

Three color drink - Nab Vam

Three color drink - Nab Vam

There are so many different ingredients you could add into making this sweet tricolor dessert. It’s the same idea as choosing your toppings for your ice cream cone. The Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Hmong and other southeast asian minorities make this dessert as each add different items into the dessert. Usually at big parties, Hmong people would mix all ingredients together in a big bowl, and would pour ladles of the dessert into individual bowls or cups. However, you can serve it any way you like by color coding in a classy glass cup or just by mixing everything in a big bowl to serve a big crowd. There are many variations on making nab vam, and this recipe will guide you into the basic way the Hmong people like to make NabVam, the multicolor sweet drink.

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