Nab Vam or coconut tapioca pearl dessert is a popular dessert across Southeast Asia and it especially holds true for Hmong cuisine. There are many variations to this dessert. Nevertheless, it’s refreshing, delicious, and perfect for not only those hot summer days, but any day of the year. This is a popular choice for both the young and the elderly, as it’s frequently served at Hmong gatherings, weddings, and funerals. You will also find nab vam every year at the Hmong New Year, where you will see many food vendors selling it. This dessert makes a nice treat because of its sweet and coconut flavor, in addition to how colorful this dessert is. In this recipe, I will be teaching you guys the basics of making nab vam. I will share with you how to make the green cendols and the ruby water chestnuts in a future post.
I was first introduced to this tasty dessert quite a few years ago. My sister, Wennicha, invited us to a potluck dinner at the Science Museum where she used to volunteer at. Her friend’s mom was the person who brought in the broken glass jello and I remembered how amazingly cool it looked. I asked myself, “How did they get the colored jello to look like that inside the white gelatin?” It was something I couldn’t wrap my mind around until I learned how to make it myself. Thanks to my cousin, Laichia, for also sharing with me her recipe that I was able to learn how to make this colorful dessert. As I experimented, I also learned how to make this into something I can call my own. This choice of dessert is great for weddings, parties, or even work potlucks. It’s something that – I promise you – kids love and even the grown ups do, too.
Happy Easter Sunday (in two weeks)! Easter is such a fun holiday for kids. It’s that time of the year where treats come in vibrant colors and a plethora of adorable shapes. These strawberry chocolate carrots were inspired by rainbow carrots and they make such a fun project to do with the kiddos. If you’re still looking for a fun treat to make or a hands-on activity to engage the kids in this Easter, be sure to give this recipe a try!