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
If you ever had Thai red curry, you’ll love this kow poon dish. This curry noodle soup is of Lao creation and is one of Hmong’s most loved dishes. Depending on what Hmong family you’re having dinner with, each family make curry noodle soup differently. However, the Hmong people do generally add a lot less coconut juice than Lao people.Read the full recipe
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!
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 cookingRead the full recipe
This is a traditional hmong pepper dipping sauce made with eggplants. This dipping is particularly good with ovened, grilled or bbq meat. You can either oven or broil eggplants to make this dipping but this recipe will ask you to boil. You can also eat this completely by itself, with or without the spice, served with steamed white rice. it’s delicious!
Preparation: 5 min. Cooking:20 min.
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