I once had this amazingly tasty sausage lettuce wrap at Champa Garden in Oakland. You can purchase lao sausage or hmong sausage at any southeast asian or hmong local stores in the frozen aisle. You can also purchase Vietnamese dipping sauce which is usually sold in a clear container in the vegetable chill aisle. If not, you can also make hmong sausage from scratch by doing a quick search on our website. Dipping sauce recipe below.
Preparation: 15 min Cooking: 15 min
This traditional soft sweet fluffy delight makes a great healthy snack. In Laos, sugar is found in towns only. The Hmong people didn’t always add sugar since they lived in mountains secluded from the rest. Traditionally Hmong people wrapped the rice patties in banana leaves but aluminum foil works just fine. You will need a regular sized blender (I used a nutribullet) and a steamer.
Preparation time 25-30 minutes.
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
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.
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
Often when my mother boils a whole chicken to make Hmong pho, she would tear off the chicken breasts and chop it up to make chicken laab on the side. Chicken lab salad is simple, quick and healthiest of the lab salads.
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.
Lao Crispy Fried Rice (Nam Kao) is crunchy, sweet, salty and sour. Traditionally, you wrap this fried rice in lettuce, vietnamese coriander, cilantro and mint transforming it to a salad dish, but I prefer just eating the fried rice by itself. I actually learned how to make this from my sister who learned it from her mother in law who is Lao. Hmong people would enjoy this dish because of the sour pork sausage. Try it because you won’t regret making this dish
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.
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