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PostHeaderIcon Caramelized red braised pork – Nqaij Qab Zib

Caramelized red braised pork - Nqaij Qab Zib

Caramelized red braised pork - Nqaij Qab Zib

This sweet red braised pork I believe is originally a Chinese dish that made its way into southeast asian cooking. It is a very delicious dish that even some people cannot understand why it is not served at Chinese restaurants. There are many variations of cooking red cooked pork. The recipe I provide below is how the Hmong people have adapted this dish into making their own as they use a few different ingredients. You can expect to see this dish served at Hmong rituals and gatherings.

Preparation: Overnight Marinate. Cooking: 2 hours Slow cooking

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PostHeaderIcon Hmong Chicken Sausage – Hnyuv Ntxwm

Hmong Chicken Sausage - Hnyuv Ntxwm

Hmong Chicken Sausage - Hnyuv Ntxwm

 

 

Hmong sausage is usually always made with pork. However in my family, we also enjoy chicken sausage (my mother’s clever idea). This simpler and healthier version of hmong sausage is just as mouthwatering as any hmong or southeast asian sausages you will ever experience. No doubt that you’ll also enjoy it as much as my family does. Serve with steamed steamed rice, sticky rice and your favorite chili sambal too!

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PostHeaderIcon Chicken Tomato Melted Stir Fry – Nqaij Qaib Kib xyaw Txiv Lwm Suav

Chicken Tomato Melted Stir Fry

Chicken Tomato Melted Stir Fry

 

 

As many Hmong parents garden they often plant and grow many tomatoes and green beans so it’s not a surprise if you find this fruit and vegetable together in a stir fry. Many hmong families love tomatoes as it makes the meat more succulant and tangy. This is a common yet delicious quick stir fry that is simple for those who don’t have much time to cook.

Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes

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PostHeaderIcon Quails with bamboo shoots – Noog Hau

Quails specifically are very healthy as these birds contain a lot more nutrients and less fat than say a chicken does. I love quail and I love anything with hmong bamboo shoots. You can acquire Hmong bamboo shoots only during certain times of the year at the hmong markets. Hmong bamboo shoots are tender and crunchy and well preserved. However, regular bamboo shoots can be substituted for this dish.

Preparation: 5 minutes. Cooking: 10 minutes.

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PostHeaderIcon 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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PostHeaderIcon Scrambled eggs with melted Tomatoes – Qe Kib xyaw txiv lwm suav

Qe Kib saw txiv lwm suav

Qe Kib saw txiv lwm suav

 

 

My mother tells me that in Laos, Hmong people would just fry lots of tomatoes from their garden and scramble in some eggs from their chicken coop. This is perfect for breakfast. It’s so simple and it tastes much better than it looks! This is one of my favorite ways to eat eggs and could be yours too.
Preparation: 5 minutes. Cooking: 10 minutes.

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