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How to train your daughter to be a good cook
For the Hmong people it’s tradition for Hmong girls to learn to cook at the earliest age(~5-6 years old). As a prerequisite for cooking, the mother generally would first teach the daughter(s) to sweep the floor, wash the dishes and wipe the dinner table down. Eventually the daughters can then assist the mother in cooking for the family. Around the age of 12 yrs old they will be ready to help prepare large feasts at Hmong gatherings. Soon enough, your daughters would be ready to cook on their own once they hit high school. They will come home and help cook for friends and family. This is the traditional way a Hmong mother trains a daughter to be a good family cook and a future wife.

About Me
Several friends and family know very well that i do cook a lot. Sometimes absent-mindedly, and sometimes way too obsessively. For me, cooking has been a great way to express your creativity. What I love about cooking the most however is not the results, but knowing I can bring people together with good food on the table.

My goals with this website is to simply share many of the treasured Asian recipes that my family and I enjoy eating! But more importantly my main goal is to document and also promote the awareness of Hmong food. Lastly, I hope to find inspiration to expand Hmong cooking to a new level. I do plan to make video cooking directions, a list of 30-minute asian meals and in the far future a Hmong Traveling cook book that shares recipes from Hmong cooks all over the world. This website is just a starting point for me. Help me out by giving me feedback on the recipes that you do try from this website!

32 Responses to “Thoughts for start”

  • Jade says:

    I am glad to see that there is a website that emphasizes on hmong food and for that I admire you. I’ve been living on my own for too long now and sadly I’ve forgotton how to cook hmong food. but stumbling upon your website has truly helped guided me in cooking again. I have this place bookmarked :-)

  • Your website is really interesting, some day i will try to cook from here :)
    i am the Hmong in Thailand just need to know how we are around in the world.

    can visit us at http://www.hellohmong.com

  • savannah says:

    I came across your site here and think that what you have here is great. We may be Hmong, but a lot of what was taught to us, especially the younger generations, will be lost because it is much easier to pick up the phone and order pizza or fast food. I myself am guilty of that. It is great that you have your site up…keep up the good work and hope to see more Hmong recipes posted in the near future.

  • Linda M says:

    Nice work you’ve done to compile all these Hmong recipes. It is hard trying to document the measurements of each ingredient. Hmong people are notorious for guestimating the amount of ingredients used to make a recipe. Especially when it comes to the older generation. I’ll definitely try out some of your recipes. Hope to see more recipes up on site.

  • Hmong says:

    Yes, it’s a lot of energy and effort! Which is why you may stumble upon a few recipes that will ask you to add salt by taste (rather giving an accurate measurement). When you try my recipes we would love to get your feedbacks Linda

  • p.v. says:

    OMG! I love your ideas behind this website and preserving the traditional Hmong food. Will save this website for those times when I can’t remember an ingredient. Best wishes.

  • Hmong says:

    Thank you P.V. and I hope to see you leave any feedbacks on any recipes that you do try.

  • vanessa says:

    I may not be Hmong but im glad i found this website…. i guess im preparing myself when i marry to my boyfriend and get approval on the way i cook Hmong food . Im such a foodie. lol Now is time to learn the original recipes and later on give it a Mexican twist.

  • Hmong says:

    Vanessa, I am glad to hear that you’re preparing yourself in a way to impress your future husband and family in law. It’s the efforts that count and I hope you will find the website useful

  • Kang says:

    Great website! I enjoy lurking around in here when I dont know what to cook for dinner. Cooking is also my hobby and I always love having company over to share a meal with. My home is never empty I tell you. I live on my own and I’ve never been married but have a fiance for over a decade now – too bad he doesnt eat meat. If you’re wondering, he’s hmong himself. I grew up in a super traditional household so cooking was something I had to do since I’m the oldest. I mastered steaming rice the old way when I was about 8 years old. My dad hates eating rice from the rice cooker so every morning it was expected that rice was at least made. I dreaded that chore but I’m so thankful for having it engrained in my head at such a young age. Now days its hard to find young girls who knows how to cook traditional hmong meals.

    Anyways, I find your website exciting and will be a long time reader. Thanks for keeping the tradition alive.

    Kang

  • Hmong says:

    Kang I am grateful that you have decided to share a piece of your story with us today on this website. We also value our readers’ feedbacks and support so thank you!

  • Kia says:

    Thank you for setting up this website and sharing your recipes. Not a lot of good Hmong cooks out there are willing to share their ideas and recipes. Keep up the good work!

  • Hmong says:

    Hello Kia and thank you for your kind words. Ofcourse, there are always some recipes you’d like to keep to yourself to claim as your own, but in general hmong people are very secretive about all of their recipes! ;-) Because of that, we all have a slightly different way of making the same dish.

  • Crystal lo says:

    Kathy!. it’s Crystal from high school! :D wow this website is awesome. thanks so much for sharing these recipes!. You’re such an inspiration.

  • Hmong says:

    Crystal, it has been such a long time I hope you have been well and thank you for the kind words. We’d love all the feedback we could get so let us know what recipes worked/didn’t work out for you. thanks again for your support and keep coming for more!

  • Tong says:

    Great concept and I wholeheartedly support the reasoning behind your website, that you want to share the Hmong recipes and document them for generations to come. Food is a valuable part of our culture. Though, I think you could broaden the joys of cooking and preserving our heritage beyond just focusing on our daughters learning to cook. Am looking forward to trying the recipes.

  • Hmong says:

    Tong, thank you for sharing your thoughts and we appreciate our supportive viewers like yourself. In regards to your comment about my blog section of “how to train you daughter to be a good cook.” The lesson can be applied to anyone, I’ve only mentioned the daughters as it has been the Hmong tradition. I do think men should learn how to cook at an early age as well. I do believe cooking can be a great leisure for anybody and can foster a sense of family and responsibility.

  • OCTAVIA says:

    Thank you for making this site and posting these recipes. I am White and my husband is Hmong. We have 2 kids together and I love cooking Hmong food I like it more then my husband! My kids love it and never can get enough. I have watched his family cook Hmong food and I just make the same things at my house sometimes adding some ingredients of my own and making my own Asian recipes. I have also been learning to speak Hmong I took the class to learn the language it is hard for me to learn but I still try and teach my kids. I can’t speak to my husbands parents because they only speak Hmong and not much English so I learned how to write in Hmong to them and I just write them letters. I think People should learn more about the Hmong culture like I have because now that I have learned a lot I have more respect for the culture and I have made a lot of Hmong friends :) So thanks again! I can’t wait to make some new dishes:)

  • Hmong says:

    Thank you for sharing your personal story here on our website I enjoyed reading all about it. There is always much to learn and to appreciate in every culture. continue the tradition and cook hmong food! leave any feedback on recipes that you do try from our HmongFood website.

  • dAVID says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with the world. I am an American guy who was introduced to the Hmong culture through a friend, and I grew to love the food and the people. I remember the first time I ever smelled papaya salad, and I refused to eat it. Over time I was introduced to so many other Hmong foods that were so good, and I eventually decided to try the papaya salad. Now I’m addicted! Thanks to your website, I will be able to make all those great dishes and soups again. Thank you so much. :)

  • Hmong says:

    I am glad to hear your story and experience with hmong food. please leave any feedback on recipes that you do try and if you have any food/ingredient questions always feel free to ask

  • Mika says:

    You should add a recipe for chicken feet. I personally don’t eat it since I’m very Americanized, but I believe it’s a staple in Hmong culture, along with the boiled pumpkin soup, papaya salad (stating the obvious), that rice porridge our mom always make when we’re sick, that fatty pork and green dish that always seemed to have nothing but pork skin and bones (nqaij nyoj however you spell it), the pickled greens with peppers (zaub qaub, etc etc… I know it doesn’t sound very appetizing to other cultures but admit it, we eat it.

  • Mika says:

    Oops. Nvm on the papaya salad. Just saw it, but the other stuff…

  • Hmong says:

    Thank you Mika for your thoughts. There are many more dishes that I’ve yet to put up. It’s all about having the resource (money), time and effort to making the dishes. I completely agree with you and they have been on my To Do list for awhile now.

  • MLo says:

    I just found you the other week! (as in your site) I love it! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes (that I love to eat, but you know, Moms never know what they put in, they just throw in a bit of this and a bit of that). Keep up your good work!

  • kalia says:

    I REALLY NEED HELP OF COOKING.

  • Leo says:

    I am male, I love cooking. Hmong food styles dishes is very populars. I am impressed of your website. Not alot of hmong male like to share their thoughts. I thing that not just only hmong girl learn to cook, is also hmong young boys are learning too. I can speak for myself. In my family there are 14 of us. Everyone in the house must learn to cook. All my sisters and brothers know what to cook. Cooking is a fines preparation for bring families, friends, special events and etc. I feels that everyone one should try to cooks. I do not eat rice from a rice cooker (electric rice cooker) I prefer old fashion rice cook. I am glad and feels u are doing well.

  • Leo says:

    Cooking is fun. I open up my resturant. I do not call Thai foods, I called Hmong Cafes’ hmong chef.

  • Nancy says:

    OMG. Can I come over one day to your house and eat. All the food looks so good!!!! Thank you very much for posting them up. Very much appreciated!

  • Anny Vue says:

    its pretty nice that you have this website i was wondering about seafoods, you only got shrimp as seafoods. do you have any recipes for fish??!! well other than that its prety nice that you have this so i can learn from it…thanks again

  • EMMA says:

    I stumbled across this website when I was looking for a Hmong Sweet Pork recipe. I was so surprise to see it dedicated to Hmong cooking. I love cooking, too, because “it’s a great way to express your creativity.” Back to how I found this website, I did try your recipe and it turned out great. Best wishes to you and I am looking forward to more recipes from you.

  • Mai Yer says:

    Hi, Just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing the recipes with the world…coming from a Hmong person who used to know how to cook Hmong food, this website will definitely help me re-learn and carry on cooking Hmong food for the next generation.

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