Spicy Pepper Sambal

Spicy Pepper Sambal
Spicy Pepper Sambal

 

 

This is a sambal from Thailand (Issan). It is a wonderfully garlicky and spicy sambal very similar to hmong eggplant dipping sauce. This is my take on the traditional sambal. I love eating this with sticky rice and ovened broiled meat.
Spicy pepper Sambal
Preparation: 5 min. Cooking: 20 minutes

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Pho Beef Noodle Soup – Fawm

Pho - beef noodle soup
Pho – beef noodle soup

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

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Pad Thai

Pad Thai
Pad Thai

 

Preparation: 40 min to soak noodles. Cooking: 10 minutes

Pad Thai is a wonderful explosion of surprising flavors of shallots, peanuts and tamarind. The key to making pad thai is knowing how long to soak your noodles as it varies from different brands to different sized noodles. This recipe is based on cooking pad thai with thin noodles. Make sure to cook it on high heat and mix thoroughly continuously to prevent noodles from sticking to one another.

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Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad

Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad
Bun Vermicelli Noodle Salad

 

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.

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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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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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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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