Tapioca Fruits Dessert – Txiv Ntoo Xyaw Dej Qab Zib

Txiv Ntoo Saw Dej Qab Zib
Txiv Ntoo Saw Dej Qab Zib

 

 

This sweet dessert is served with ice cubes. Jackfruit and lychee together is the best combination for this mouth watering dessert that will make you keep coming back for more! As much as I enjoy ice cream, I’d prefer having this dessert over ice cream on a hot day any day.

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Lemongrass Marinated Pork

Lemongrass Marinated Pork
Lemongrass Marinated Pork

 

My brother in law makes this amazing lemongrass marinated pork ribs. My recipe is almost as good as his and I want to share it with you! Make sure to serve it with steamed white rice and pepper sauce. Your family will surely be grubbing on these!
Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 15-20 minutes
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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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Lumpia Eggrolls

Lumpia eggrolls
Lumpia eggrolls

 

It was probably way back in high school when a filipino classmate brought some lumpia eggrolls to a potluck. It was the first time I ever had them and I was really amazed how less ingredients in an eggroll can taste just as good as a Hmong eggroll which contains more ingredients. But you also can’t compare the two because both have a completely different taste from one another. Lumpia eggrolls are wrapped thinner and tighter, and are made with ground beef. They can be very addicting as appetizers!

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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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Three color dessert – Nab Vam

Three color drink - Nab Vam
Three color drink - Nab Vam

There are so many different ingredients you could add into making this sweet tricolor dessert. It’s the same idea as choosing your toppings for your ice cream cone. The Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Hmong and other southeast asian minorities make this dessert as each add different items into the dessert. Usually at big parties, Hmong people would mix all ingredients together in a big bowl, and would pour ladles of the dessert into individual bowls or cups. However, you can serve it any way you like by color coding in a classy glass cup or just by mixing everything in a big bowl to serve a big crowd. There are many variations on making nab vam, and this recipe will guide you into the basic way the Hmong people like to make NabVam, the multicolor sweet drink.

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Quail Lemongrass Soup – Noog Hau

Quail Lemongrass Soup – Noog Hau nrog txuj lom
Quail Lemongrass Soup – Noog Hau nrog txuj lom

 

Preparation: ~5 minutes. Cooking: 10 minutes

My dad and I love eating birds the most in my family! Quails specifically are very healthy as this bird contains a lot more nutrients and less fat than say a chicken does. Here is a quick and easy recipe my dad and I often make. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Chicken Noodle Soup – Khaub Piaj

Chicken Noodle Soup - Khaub Piaj
Chicken Noodle Soup – Khaub Piaj

This soup will definitely relax you on any cold winter day and tastes oh so good when it’s eaten immediately from the hot stove. My mom told me that in Laos the Hmong have taken this soup into their own homes as it is a very inexpensive and easy way to prepare for their big families. For the healthy and the sick, this could be anyone’s favorite soup so I hope you will also enjoy it.

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