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.

Cabbage Rolls – Zaub Pob Qhwv

Zaub Pob Qhwv

Zaub Pob Qhwv

 

This is a traditional Hmong dish. My dad tells me that the Hmong in Asia often grew cabbages but I’ve been introduced to this dish only recently and it’s probably because my mom never enjoyed the smell of steamed cabbage so never bothered to make it. The first time I actually had cabbage rolls were when a college friend brought lunch after a class we had together. I didn’t know what they were but they tasted great especially with the Hmong pepper sauce.

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Shrimp Springrolls

shrimp springrols

Shrimp Springrols

 

There was a point in my life where I was seriously making spring rolls every other day. Spring Rolls is a Vietnamese appetizer that became an instant hit for the Hmong American community. It’s fairly healthy because  in each roll it’s packed with fresh vegetables and lettuce! However it all depends on  the individual, on what they like to put into the spring roll. In my family, we like a lot less noodles, a lot more Hmong cucumbers, lettuce and fresh mint. It’s so simple yet so tasty. And it only gets better when you make the dipping sauce for it!

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Sweet Soy Bean Rice Patties – Mov Phom

Mov Phom Sweet Soy Bean Rice Patties

Mov Phom Sweet Soy Bean Rice Patties

 

 

This traditional soft sweet fluffy delight makes a great healthy snack. In Laos, sugar is found in towns only. The Hmong people didn’t always add sugar since they lived in mountains secluded from the rest. Traditionally Hmong people wrapped the rice patties in banana leaves but aluminum foil works just fine. You will need a regular sized blender and a steamer.

Preparation time 25-30 minutes.

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Fresh Tofu Springrolls

There was a point in my life where I was seriously making spring rolls every other day. Spring Rolls is a Vietnamese appetizer that became an instant hit for the Hmong American community. It’s fairly healthy because  in each roll it’s packed with fresh vegetables and lettuce! However It all depends on  the individual on what they like to put into the spring roll. In my family we like a lot less noodles, a lot more Hmong cucumbers, lettuce and fresh mint. It’s so simple yet so tasty. Fried Tofu brings a great crunch into each springroll so definitely give it a try. And it only gets better when you make the dipping sauce for it!

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Chicken Poppers with Basil leaves – Nqaij Qaib Kib

chicken poppers

Chicken poppers

 

 

No doubt Chicken tastes great with basil leaves. You may have tried chicken poppers before from certain asian restaurants. Now you can learn how to make it at home!

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Samosa – Indian Appetizer

Samosa - Indian appetizer

Samosa - Indian appetizer

Preparation: 1:10 hour. Baking in Oven: 30 min

Samosa is a wonderful Indian appetizer that is believed to have traveled along the trade routes from central Asia. I myself have seen a few variations of samosas in a couple different asian cultures. My version of making Indian samosa is a bit non-traditional but a quicker and a healthier way of making Indian samosas. I first had it way back in high school when my science partner Ravneel offered me some samosas that his mother had made. I dipped them into this amazing chutney minty dipping sauce and immediately fell in love (with the food that is!). Ever since then I couldn’t stop making samosas.

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