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My name is Kathy Vue and I enjoy cooking. I am a full time student as well as a teaching assistant at a local elementary school in Sacramento. When I do have some time to spare, cooking is always one of the first things to do on my list. When I started this website in the summer of 2010, it started out more so like a personal journal of many recipes. As the year progressed I continued to add more traditional Hmong recipes, and so I had to cook carefully and more consciously. Many thanks to my family especially my mother and my older sister for their guidance in cooking. To me, the tradition of cooking is about the mother-daughter interaction that is so important for it represents when one generation carefully passes down a history of knowledge to the new generation through our ways of cooking. Just like the language and the culture, cooking is essential to the Hmong identity as the way we eat reflects the humble lives of our people.

The Hmong people cook based on their taste palette so translating/transcribing such home cooking style to the American way of cooking with measuring equipments does take a lot of time and effort to do. With that said, I won’t always have time to update with new recipes but please leave any feedback and suggestions on the recipes that you do see here and I do hope you stay tune for future recipes.

Many thanks to Florin who made this website happen and who has helped me maintain this website when I cannot. Thank you.

21 Responses to “More about the Cook”

  • Kialia vang says:

    wow i think your a great cooker =) all the food looks good. thank god i found you website, cause i wouldnt know what to do for my potluck at school. i mean i know how to cook and all that stuff, i just didnt know what the foods were called. thanks =)

  • Maria Xiong says:

    Hi Kathy:

    I just wanted to say thank you so very much for this wonderful website. I have to agree food is indeed essential to our Hmoob identity. I’ll be sure to share your website and will definately be coming back to check out what you have here!!

    Thank you again!

  • Yeng says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I”m impress. Your site is easily navigate and have many recipes. Keep up the good work and continue to post new recipe. I look forward to trying them out.

    Yeng from st.paul.

  • Hmong says:

    Hello yeng, thank you very much. many thanks to Florin as he continues to modify the website for our viewers’ convenience.

  • MAY YANG says:

    Hi Kathy,

    I’ve been on this website many times and read your bio, but finally realized OMG!!!, is this the Kathy who attended Berkeley… If this is… great job on your website and recipes. I love cooking too and enjoy coming to your website for ideas and looking at yummy food photos. Have you read Cooking From The Heart? I borrowed the book from the library, but was a little bit disappointed; I wished there was more images of the yummy food.

    Keep up the great work! Love the website!

    Go Bears!

  • Hmong says:

    May, I am so glad to hear from you.
    I have read Cooking From the Heart. A book with pictures is way costly. With southeast asian food (hmong included), there’s a definite need for picture guidance. Hopefully once I have an extra person to help me, I will do just this, and also do cooking videos online.

  • Linda says:

    This is a great website! Its probably the most sufficient of all hmong recipe websites Ive seen! Absolutely great job! keep it up:)

    ps. i might recommend havine a “new recipes” section, because I cant tell if you’ve updated with new recipes or not when I come here :)

  • Hmong says:

    Hello Linda! Thank you so much for your appreciation and suggestion. In future as we grow we will have different formats for the website. For now you can find latest recipes on the right second sidebar under “Recent posts” tab, or you can use the rss feed (you can find it on the bottom of the page) which can be added to any rss reader or directly subscribe to it from your browser (ie: if you use Mozilla – i recommend that – click the rss link of the entries and in the new page that opens youll see a button “Subscribe now”.)
    Thanks again and do leave feedback on any recipes you try from our website.

  • Sarah S says:

    Hi there everyone, First time poster and looking forward to being a part of the conversation!

  • Mai Vang says:

    Hello Kathy! I’m a hmong girl from Australia and I found your site to be soo so useful. I’m currently a full-time uni student living away from home and so have been craving hmong food so so bad! I guess I should have spent more time with my mum in the kitchen :P I came across your site while looking for a recipe to make delicious nab vam and was so stoked when I also found a recipe for nqaij qab zib!!! You are an angel! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all of us and keep up the good work!! :D

  • Hmong says:

    Mai Vang, Thank you for your kind words and i hope that you find those particular recipes to be successful for you!

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Kathy. I’m very glad to find your website. It has inspired me to continue cooking hmong foods since I’m so far away from my family. I’m also starting a food blog so please check it out. I really admire your talent and work. My hmong recipes are different from yours. It’s amazing how different they can be yet so similar. Keep it up!! Looking forward to see new recipes!!

  • Hmong says:

    Hello Lisa I am so glad that you have been inspired to continue cooking hmong food. I look forward to reading your food blogs

  • Katie xiong says:

    Dear Kathy,
    I love cooking Hmong dishes too. I have a very big family so the mother daughter connection wasn’t too much. My Dad is a great chef so my five sisters and I can do basics like fawn, fawn cao, eggrolls, spring rolls, chicken recipes and pork recipes. I’m very happy you can post up on here how to do a great variety of Hmong dishes. Thank you Kathy.

  • Hmong says:

    Hello Katie thank you for sharing your experience growing up and cooking hmong food with your family. It is a very special moment when our viewers do! Also, You can help the website by leaving any feedback on any recipes that you do try. this way we can better improve the website for valuable viewers like yourself

  • Zoua thao wong says:

    Hi Kathy. I just want to say thank you and I really appreciate all of your personal recipes online. I didn’t come into full realization how important food was to our culture until I got married into another culture. I appreciate your work here. :)

  • Hmong says:

    Thank you Zoua Thao Wong. I’ve been busy lately but I do hope to continue improving this website for the better convenience of valuable viewers like yourself.

  • bETTY says:

    do you know how to make calafun? its like squared flour soup???? I have been craving for this since I first had it 8 years ago. there’s nothing on wedsite about it! I can’t find it anywhere!

  • Hmong says:

    Sorry I do not know how to make Calafun nor have I ever heard of it. Can you tell us more about this particular dish for instance is it a southeast asian dish?

  • Thanks This good post, i like you posting, yeahh very goods. thanks.

  • Kayla says:

    My co worker brought in some food from the Hmong new year. She had purple sticky rice with a sort of spicy salty chili paste. She said her mom made it from ground up dried chillies. Do you have a recipe for this?

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