Papaya Salad – Qaub

qaub, papaya salad
Qaub, papaya salad

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.

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Cabbage Rolls – Zaub Pob Qhwv

Zaub Pob Qhwv
Zaub Pob Qhwv

 

This is a traditional Hmong dish. My dad tells me that the Hmong in Asia often grew cabbages but I’ve been introduced to this dish only recently and it’s probably because my mom never enjoyed the smell of steamed cabbage so never bothered to make it. The first time I actually had cabbage rolls were when a college friend brought lunch after a class we had together. I didn’t know what they were but they tasted great especially with the Hmong pepper sauce.

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Oven Broiled Fish stuffed with Herbs – Ntses Ki

Ntses Ki
Ntses Ki

 

I love oven broiled fish stuffed with fresh herbs! It’s not just yummy but it’s really healthy.  Lao and Thai people use more herbs and seasonings but i just love the simple  way my parents make this fish dish. Some lemon grass, kaffir leaves, fresh mints are enough to give the fish  a wonderful aromatic and tasty flavor!

Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 15 minutes

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