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.

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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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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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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Papaya Salad – Qaub

qaub, papaya salad

Qaub, papaya salad

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.

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Korean Barbecue Spare ribs

Barbecue

Korean Barbecue ribs

 

 

Who doesn’t like Korean Barbecue? Every time I visit the asian ghetto (asian food plaza) in Berkeley, I would always get the Korean Barbecue spare ribs. Now I can make it at home, and so can you!

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Caramelized red braised pork – Nqaij Qab Zib

Caramelized red braised pork - Nqaij Qab Zib

Caramelized red braised pork - Nqaij Qab Zib

This sweet red braised pork I believe is originally a Chinese dish that made its way into southeast asian cooking. It is a very delicious dish that even some people cannot understand why it is not served at Chinese restaurants. There are many variations of cooking red cooked pork. The recipe I provide below is how the Hmong people have adapted this dish into making their own as they use a few different ingredients. You can expect to see this dish served at Hmong rituals and gatherings.

Preparation: Overnight Marinate. Cooking: 2 hours Slow cooking

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