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.
This is a popular dipping in Hmong families when it comes to oven broiled meat and sausages and fish. The tomato juice from the dipping makes the meat more succulent to eat.
Preparation: 10 min
As many Hmong parents garden they often plant and grow many tomatoes and green beans so it’s not a surprise if you find this fruit and vegetable together in a stir fry. Many hmong families love tomatoes as it makes the meat more succulant and tangy. This is a common yet delicious quick stir fry that is simple for those who don’t have much time to cook.
Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes
I enjoy hmong smoked ham and green mustards particularly because it makes a very hearty meal on a winter day. The resulting soup broth brings a lot of warmth to the soul. Unfortunately hmong smoked ham is only available at hmong markets (found usually at the frozen aisle). If you don’t live near a hmong market then substitute with American smoked ham. Choose pieces that contain more fat for a richer soup taste.
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.
A common and simple way of having dinner in a hmong family is having very succulent tasty pork with a wonderful spicy pepper dipping sauce and steamed white rice. Experience Hmong food at its simplest. Enjoy. (warning: very spicy pepper so only dip meat lightly on pepper sauce!)
People have different ways of making Spring Rolls because like a pizza, it depends on what you like to put in. For me, I love mint, ground pork, cucumbers, a lot of lettuce, sprigs of cilantro and a small hint of a shredded thin piece of green onion. The dipping sauce provided below is also a favorite dipping sauce I hope that you will enjoy!