Ovened Chicken Wings with Tomato Pepper Sauce – Nqaij Ki & Txiv Lwm Suav Kua Txob

Nqaij Ki & Txiv Lwm Suav Kua Txob
Nqaij Ki & Txiv Lwm Suav Kua Txob

 

 

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.

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Hmong Cucumber Drink – Dib Kaus

Hmong cucumber drink
Hmong cucumber drink

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

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Pho Beef Noodle Soup – Fawm

Pho - beef noodle soup
Pho – beef noodle soup

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

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Sesame balls – Qe ncuav kib

Qe ncuav kib - sesame balls
Qe ncuav kib - sesame balls

 

 

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.

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Vietnamese three color drink – Nab Vam

Tri color dessert
Tri-color dessert - Nab Vam

 

 

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.

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Samosa – Indian Appetizer

Samosa - Indian appetizer
Samosa - Indian appetizer

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.

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Pad Thai

Pad Thai
Pad Thai

 

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.

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Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad

Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad
Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad

 

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.

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Paprika Pork and Shrimp Kabobs

Paprika Pork and Shrimp Kabobs
Paprika Pork and Shrimp Kabobs

 

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

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