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.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

 

Preparation: 40 min to soak noodles. Cooking: 10 minutes

Pad Thai is a wonderful explosion of surprising flavors of shallots, peanuts and tamarind. The key to making pad thai is knowing how long to soak your noodles as it varies from different brands to different sized noodles. This recipe is based on cooking pad thai with thin noodles. Make sure to cook it on high heat and mix thoroughly continuously to prevent noodles from sticking to one another.

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Cellophane Noodles with Bamboo Stir Fry – Peev Choj

Peev choj - Cellophane noodle

Peev choj - Cellophane noodle

 

 

This Hmong stir fry cellophane noodles though may look peculiar to some, is no doubt delicious and can quite honestly be addictive. This stir fry noodle is often served at hmong feasts and other gatherings of friends and family. The best part about this dish is that it’s quite simple and quick to make.

Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 15 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 Larb Salad – Lav Nqaij Qaib

Often when my mother boils a whole chicken to make Hmong pho, she would tear off the chicken breasts and chop it up to make chicken laab on the side. Chicken lab salad is simple, quick and healthiest of the lab salads.

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Sticky rice sausage – Hnyuv Ntxwm Mov

Hnyuv Ntxwm Mov Sticky rice sausage

Hnyuv Ntxwm Mov - Sticky rice sausage

 

 

This hearty traditional hmong food has tasty simple flavors that you will enjoy. this is a simple yet delicious snack that can fill you up quick! Hmong stores always have a deli section where you can try these out first if you don’t believe me! It can be difficult when you first learn to make these but with some practice it’ll come easy and will be quite fun to make!

Preparation: 1 hour. Cooking: 1 hour

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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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