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My name is Kathy Vue and Cooking is one of my greatest hobbies. I am a full time student as well as a teaching assistant at a local elementary school in Sacramento. When I do have some time to spare, cooking is always one of the first things to do on my list. When I started this website earlier this year, it started out more so like a personal journal of many recipes. As the year progressed and as I continued to add more traditional hmong recipes, I had to cook carefully and more consciously. With some help from my mother along the way, I’ve truly realized how important it is to learn and preserve the traditional way of Hmong home cooking. It’s just not the cooking, but it’s the mother-daughter interaction that is so important as it represents when one generation carefully passes down a history of knowledge to the new generation through our ways of cooking. Just like the language and the culture, cooking is essential to the Hmong identity as the way we eat reflects the humble lives of our people.

The Hmong people cook base on their taste palette thus they tend to gradually add different spices and seasonings along the way when they are cooking and so translating/transcribing such home cooking style to the American way of cooking with measuring equipments does take a lot of time and effort to do. With that said, it only means that I won’t always be able to update with new recipes every day but please leave any feedback and suggestions on the recipes that you do see here and I hope you stay tune for future recipes.

Many thanks to Florin who made this website happen and who has helped me maintain this website when I cannot. Thank you.

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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!