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.
My Mother’s Salad – Zaub Xav Lav
This traditional salad is very simple for any American family to make. If you ever run out of salad dressing but still have lots of healthy greens sitting in your fridge then try my mother’s salad recipe. It’s a very zesty nutty salad and quite enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to use egg yolks in this salad as yolks are actually the more nutritious part of an egg.
This is my mother’s Hmong beef jerky salad that I’ve also learned to enjoy making for our family. Whenever there’s a big Hmong feast/party, there’s a chance for leftover cow’s meat. My mom would take some of these leftover meat and use it to make beef jerky or what I would call beef jerky salad.
Preparation & Cooking: 30-40 minutes
I prefer eating this over KFC grilled chicken any day. This is a common dinner food for Hmong people because it is quick and easy and delicious. Serve this chicken with Hmong’s traditional tomato pepper sauce.
Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 20 minutes.
This traditional Hmong dish is made with Hmong cucumbers and is a perfect drink/ side dish for a hot summer. One sip of this cool and refreshing drink will quench your thirst. The cucumber itself brings delightful crunchiness to the drink the same way water chestnuts do for the three color drink. You can get hmong cucumbers at the farmer’s markets or Hmong neighbors. My parents grow many of them every year in their garden.
Preparation: 5-10 minutes
Pho is best known as a Vietnamese soup that has become a shared dish in southeast Asia and of course everyone makes it a bit differently from one another. Thai people call theirs Guoi Tiao and Hmong call it Fawm. Some Hmong make it similar to the way they ate back in Laos and some make it the way Vietnamese people in America make pho. This recipe is most similar to lao pho. I like to make my own meatballs because they are like delightful crunch bits that you could look forward to in the soup.
Preparation and Cooking: 1 hour and 30 minutes