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How to train your daughter to be a good cook
For the Hmong people it’s tradition for Hmong girls to learn to cook at the earliest age(~5-6 years old). As a prerequisite for cooking, the mother generally would first teach the daughter(s) to sweep the floor, wash the dishes and wipe the dinner table down. When that has been mastered, the daughters can then assist the mother in cooking for the family, and possibly at the age of 12 yrs old they will be ready to help prepare large feasts at Hmong gatherings. Soon enough, your daughters would be ready to cook on their own once they hit high school. They will come home and cook for friends and family and even to a special loved one. This is the traditional way a Hmong mother trains a daughter to be a good family cook and a future wife.

About Me
Several friends and family know very well that i do cook a lot. Sometimes absent-mindedly, and sometimes way too obsessively. For me, cooking has been a great outlet for stress, and a great way to express creativity. I can be quite the adventurous cook and if i had more time and resources I’d probably do this all day every day! What I love about cooking the most however is not the results, but knowing I can bring people together when there is good food on the table.

My goals with this website is to simply share many of the treasured Asian recipes that my family and I enjoy eating! But more importantly my main goal is to document and also promote the awareness of traditional Hmong food. Lastly, I hope to find inspiration to expand Hmong cooking to a new level. I do plan to make video cooking directions in the near future, a list of 30-minute asian meals and in the far future a Hmong Traveling cook book that shares recipes from Hmong cooks all over the world. This website is just a starting point for me. Help me out by giving me feedback on the recipes that you do try from this website!

13 Responses to “Thoughts for start”

  • Jade says:

    I am glad to see that there is a website that emphasizes on hmong food and for that I admire you. I’ve been living on my own for too long now and sadly I’ve forgotton how to cook hmong food. but stumbling upon your website has truly helped guided me in cooking again. I have this place bookmarked :-)

  • Your website is really interesting, some day i will try to cook from here :)
    i am the Hmong in Thailand just need to know how we are around in the world.

    can visit us at

  • savannah says:

    I came across your site here and think that what you have here is great. We may be Hmong, but a lot of what was taught to us, especially the younger generations, will be lost because it is much easier to pick up the phone and order pizza or fast food. I myself am guilty of that. It is great that you have your site up…keep up the good work and hope to see more Hmong recipes posted in the near future.

  • Linda M says:

    Nice work you’ve done to compile all these Hmong recipes. It is hard trying to document the measurements of each ingredient. Hmong people are notorious for guestimating the amount of ingredients used to make a recipe. Especially when it comes to the older generation. I’ll definitely try out some of your recipes. Hope to see more recipes up on site.

  • Hmong says:

    Yes, it’s a lot of energy and effort! Which is why you may stumble upon a few recipes that will ask you to add salt by taste (rather giving an accurate measurement). When you try my recipes we would love to get your feedbacks Linda

  • p.v. says:

    OMG! I love your ideas behind this website and preserving the traditional Hmong food. Will save this website for those times when I can’t remember an ingredient. Best wishes.

  • Hmong says:

    Thank you P.V. and I hope to see you leave any feedbacks on any recipes that you do try.

  • vanessa says:

    I may not be Hmong but im glad i found this website…. i guess im preparing myself when i marry to my boyfriend and get approval on the way i cook Hmong food . Im such a foodie. lol Now is time to learn the original recipes and later on give it a Mexican twist.

  • Hmong says:

    Vanessa, I am glad to hear that you’re preparing yourself in a way to impress your future husband and family in law. It’s the efforts that count and I hope you will find the website useful

  • Kang says:

    Great website! I enjoy lurking around in here when I dont know what to cook for dinner. Cooking is also my hobby and I always love having company over to share a meal with. My home is never empty I tell you. I live on my own and I’ve never been married but have a fiance for over a decade now – too bad he doesnt eat meat. If you’re wondering, he’s hmong himself. I grew up in a super traditional household so cooking was something I had to do since I’m the oldest. I mastered steaming rice the old way when I was about 8 years old. My dad hates eating rice from the rice cooker so every morning it was expected that rice was at least made. I dreaded that chore but I’m so thankful for having it engrained in my head at such a young age. Now days its hard to find young girls who knows how to cook traditional hmong meals.

    Anyways, I find your website exciting and will be a long time reader. Thanks for keeping the tradition alive.


  • Hmong says:

    Kang I am grateful that you have decided to share a piece of your story with us today on this website. We also value our readers’ feedbacks and support so thank you!

  • Kia says:

    Thank you for setting up this website and sharing your recipes. Not a lot of good Hmong cooks out there are willing to share their ideas and recipes. Keep up the good work!

  • Hmong says:

    Hello Kia and thank you for your kind words. Ofcourse, there are always some recipes you’d like to keep to yourself to claim as your own, but in general hmong people are very secretive about all of their recipes! ;-) Because of that, we all have a slightly different way of making the same dish.

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