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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Deep Fried Catfish mixed in Tamarind Curry Sauce

Deef Fried Catfish
Preparation: 5 minutes. Cooking: ~15 minutes

 

Hmong love fish and tamarind as much as Thai do it’s no wonder Hmong people adore many Thai fish cuisine. This dish is a variation of Thai fried fish soaked in tomato tamarind sauce. My dad loves catfish, so I decided to fry catfish nuggets instead of a big fish. it’s cheaper and a lot more convenient to eat without without having to pick out fish bones.

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Cabbage Rolls – Zaub Pob Qhwv

Zaub Pob Qhwv
Zaub Pob Qhwv

 

This is a traditional Hmong dish. My dad tells me that the Hmong in Asia often grew cabbages but I’ve been introduced to this dish only recently and it’s probably because my mom never enjoyed the smell of steamed cabbage so never bothered to make it. The first time I actually had cabbage rolls were when a college friend brought lunch after a class we had together. I didn’t know what they were but they tasted great especially with the Hmong pepper sauce.

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Jajangmyun – Jajangmyeon – Chinese, Korean dish

JaJang Myun
JaJang Myun

 

This is my take on jajangmyun, in which i modified the recipe just a bit to fit our family’s taste. JaJangmyun is a very popular korean black bean noodle dish that has been showcased many times in Korean drama movies. It’s actually a very simple dish if you can find the right black bean paste (not black bean garlic sauce!) which are usually sold only at korean markets. they should only contain: wheat flour, soybean and maybe msg and preservatives. At other asian stores if it says black bean, and is a korean brand then you got the right stuff!

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Oven Broiled Fish stuffed with Herbs – Ntses Ki

Ntses Ki
Ntses Ki

 

I love oven broiled fish stuffed with fresh herbs! It’s not just yummy but it’s really healthy.  Lao and Thai people use more herbs and seasonings but i just love the simple  way my parents make this fish dish. Some lemon grass, kaffir leaves, fresh mints are enough to give the fish  a wonderful aromatic and tasty flavor!

Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 15 minutes

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