Side Dishes

Fawm Kauv (Steamed Rice Rolls)

This is the perfect comfort food. Although considered an appetizer or side dish, my family and I usually have this together as a meal with rice. These fawm kauv or steamed rice rolls are filled with a simple pork filling and dipped in a savory sweet and spicy sauce. Personally, I love to separate them into bite-sized pieces with my spoon and then pour a small amount of sauce over it.

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Papaya Salad

When you can’t buy papaya salad at the Hmong market and you have to learn how to make it yourself! Seriously. lol Who else can relate? 😀 I’ve never craved for papaya salad so bad in my life until my friend Jeanny and I talked about it a few months back. I missed the combination of the sweet, spicy, and sour flavors of papaya salad, followed by a tangy, tamarind sauce. It’s such a fresh and satisfying dish, and even better when you’re in the company of family and good friends.

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Kua Taub Tsuag (Boiled Pumpkin)

It’s pumpkin season! With the cold season approaching us, all I want to do nowadays is stay home and curl up in a cozy blanket in front of the TV. Better yet, a nice warm pumpkin drink to go with it. I haven’t had boiled pumpkin in ages! It’s funny how being away from home makes you miss Hmong food so much, especially dishes you’ve had growing up that reminds you so much of the people you love. To me, boiled pumpkin makes me think of my grandma, Bee.

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