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 the pho my mother makes, which reminds her of pho she ate growing up in food stands in Laos. Just like my mom, I like to add oven homemade 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
Preparation: 20 minutes. Cooking: 12 minutes
This chinese delightful dim sum is also a favorite appetizer known to southeast asia. My mother used to make sesame balls when I was just a little girl. I remember she would let me roll the dough into balls before frying them.
Total preparation and cooking: 2 hours & 30 minutes.
This sweet drink is a Vietnamese way of making Nab Vam. It’s not only appealing to look at but it will definitely satisfy your sweet cravings. No need to go to the restaurants anymore as I am giving you the secret recipe right here 🙂 It does require some time to make, but it’s well worth making for a good crowd on any occasion.
Preparation: 1:10 hour. Baking in Oven: 30 min
Samosa is a wonderful Indian appetizer that is believed to have traveled along the trade routes from central Asia. I myself have seen a few variations of samosas in a couple different asian cultures. My version of making Indian samosa is a bit non-traditional but a quicker and a healthier way of making Indian samosas. I first had it way back in high school when my science partner Ravneel offered me some samosas that his mother had made. I dipped them into this amazing chutney minty dipping sauce and immediately fell in love (with the food that is!). Ever since then I couldn’t stop making samosas.
Preparation: 40 min to soak noodles. Cooking: 10 minutes
Pad Thai is a wonderful explosion of surprising flavors of shallots, peanuts and tamarind. The key to making pad thai is knowing how long to soak your noodles as it varies from different brands to different sized noodles. This recipe is based on cooking pad thai with thin noodles. Make sure to cook it on high heat and mix thoroughly continuously to prevent noodles from sticking to one another.
Bun (pronounced as boon) is a Vietnamese salad. Besides ordering Pho noodle soup at the Pho restaurants, Bun salad is always another option to have. I learned to make Bun from my oldest sister awhile back when we first made it for the first time for the family. You could oven or grill your meat and would come out just as succulent as the restaurant’s. Enjoy!
Preparation: 5 minutes. Marination: 2 hours. Cooking: 45-55 minutes.
This summer I found myself on the grill a lot. When the heat is unbearable i would rush into grilling food. At one point, i quickly rubbed different seasonings to marinate the shrimp and meat and I actually ended up creating some pretty tasty kabobs. I guess you could say it was on accident 🙂 I am sure you will like these seasoned kabobs just as much as my family did during the bbq.
Preparation: 10 minutes. Marinate: 1 hour. Cooking: 10 minutes
Who doesn’t like Korean Barbecue? Every time I visit the asian ghetto (asian food plaza) in Berkeley, I would always get the Korean Barbecue spare ribs. Now I can make it at home, and so can you!