Herbs

A Little Background I had recently called my paternal grandmother on her birthday and ended up taking for almost two hours. She lives in Seattle, Washington and I’m in St Paul, Minnesota so we don’t get to spend much time with each other. She recently turned 71 years old and I was just asking thingsContinue reading “Herbs”

Rice

I have a taste for plain white rice, whether it’d be short-grain white rice (sushi grade) or Jasmine rice (long-grained). Short-grained white rice is the type of rice that many Hmong people, as well as Southeast Asians, eat. For a healthier option, Hmong people have transitioned to eating more Jasmine rice. Hmong people have aContinue reading “Rice”

SPICES

Spices in the Southeast Asian cuisine are used as condiments to add a touch of spice to a dish or cooked in high heat alongside to ingredients. Spices are ultimately used in every Southeast Asian dish imaginable. It’s safe to say that if it’s not spicy, it’s not an authentic Southeast Asian dish. The wordContinue reading “SPICES”

SOY SAUCE

Soy sauce is it’s own beast in the overall Asian cuisine, not just to Southeast Asians. It’s used in many of its Southeast Asian dishes and is often used as a condiment and/or a marinating flavoring ingredient. Soy sauce is a salty savory umami flavor made from soybeans (which means it’s vegan/vegetarian approved) and isContinue reading “SOY SAUCE”

OYSTER SAUCE

Oyster sauce is savory with a touch of sweetness. It’s the main ingredient to add to any stir fry dish, a condiment to soups like Pho, and also a great marinating sauce to add to any meat. Because of that added touch of sweetness it adds a nice glaze to meats when grilling or broiling.Continue reading “OYSTER SAUCE”

FISH SAUCE

Fish sauce is essentially fermented fish. By itself, it’s savory and very salty and has that pungent fishy aroma. But on the contrary, it’s a perfect acidic and salty balance to any Southeast Asian cuisine. For many dishes, fish sauce is used as a substitute for salt and for adding that umami flavor. Fish sauceContinue reading “FISH SAUCE”

Rice Porridge (Congee)

Rice porridge (congee) also called “Mov Kua Dis” in Hmong (pronounced as moa-kua-dee in white dialect, or pronounced as moa-kua-klee in green dialect – which is the dialect I speak) is a popular dish among the asian culture. Some asian cultures eat rice porridge as breakfast, but I grew up eating it throughout the dayContinue reading “Rice Porridge (Congee)”

Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce

Growing up in my family’s household, there were two things that always had to be made and available 1) rice, and 2) pepper. There were so many pepper dipping sauces that I grew up eating, but this one in particular I came up with it myself to find a complimentary taste to my Spicy ChipotleContinue reading “Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce”

Hmong Egg Rolls

Happy Hmong American Day in Minnesota! As a first Hmong-American generation born and raised in St Paul, Minnesota – I am very proud of the values and the sense of community the Hmong community has provided in the Twin Cities. Who are Hmong People? Hmong (also pronounced as Hmoob) is an ethnic and mountain tribalContinue reading “Hmong Egg Rolls”