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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Pork Steamed Buns

These steamed buns are soft and airy, and filled with a pork filling, Chinese sausages and eggs. They make a great snack to go and fill you up when you need something ASAP. My brother, SuChann, loves steamed buns. It brings back memories of our grandma, who bought them frequently when we were young. SuChann buys steamed buns any time he gets the chance to, whether at the store or flea market. Though the store-bought ones are good, it’s always more fun to DIY! This isn’t a quick recipe; In fact, you should plan on an afternoon, but it’s well worth the time and investment, especially if you’re making them for someone who loves them 🙂 A shout out to Christa Vang for requesting this recipe!

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Vermicelli Noodle Salad

Mmm… Vermicelli noodle salad! This is love in a bowl. If you’ve had one of these before, you know what I’m talking about. It’s one of the main things I look forward to when I enter a Vietnamese restaurant. I’m crazy about it and as silly as this may sound, I’d pick this noodle salad over pho any day (and I’m not kidding)! Before Sam and I decide on a Vietnamese restaurant, I always ask two things: (1) “Are there vermicelli noodle salads?” and (2) “Do they have bahn mi sandwiches?” If I get a no for both of these questions, then I would very much rather go somewhere else. I know, I know. You pho lovers might be thinking, “But there’s still pho and pho is love and that’s all you need!” I also love pho but I happen to love the vermicelli noodle salad dish a lot more. 🙂 Anyways, this special recipe request was made by Nouta Vue. Thanks for requesting, Nouta!

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