Chinese steamed Buns – Galapao, Salapao

Galapao
Galapao

 

CHinese steamed buns somehow made its way into southeast asian cooking. The Thai people call it Salapao and some Hmong people call it Galapao. My mom used to make steam buns all the time growing up. So now every time I make galapao, everyone always snatch two or three buns so they do run out quickly. make sure you snatch yours first before calling your family out to eat! Sidenote: you can use prepared flour mix in substitute if you do not want to make it from scratch.

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Mango & Coconut Sticky Rice

Shoua, a friend back in Berkeley really loved this Thai dessert. At first I thought was a weird combination since Hmong people usually only eat sticky rice with meat or sticky rice stuffed with banana but when she introduced me to this dessert I thought it was a pretty smart dish. The key to making this a good dessert is having perfect ripe sweet mangos. My sisters and I have made this several times and it turned out just as delicious as at the restaurant.

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Fish Larb – Lav Nqaij Ntses

I can always expect my brother Steven to do some good fish laab salad. I remember the first time he made fish salad for us was when he first started to pick up fishing and when he brought his first big striper home. he used it to make Fish salad for us and it was delicious. There are a couple different techniques we do fish laab in my family but here is one recipe I am sure fish lovers will enjoy.

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Fried Bananas – Txiv Tsawb Kib

Fried bananas
Fried bananas

 

 

At Hmong new years you’ll always find many vendors selling fried bananas. I only like to eat them in the summer with a side scoop of coconut or vanilla ice cream. Altogether the warm crunchy and tender taste of the fried bananas with the cold refreshing ice cream melting in your mouth is an orgasmic satisfaction.

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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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