How to make sweet pork with eggs

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Sweet pork is a very popular dish at Hmong family gatherings.  This is a popular dish in Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, and the Phillippines.  I will show you how I make my version of sweet pork.  It's very simple and easy! We call this in Hmong nqaj qaab zib or nqaij qab zib

I'll be very straight forward and honest, no one was willing to teach me this recipe.  Everytime I asked someone to show me how they made this dish, they would tell me it was very hard and complicated or they would tell me only half of the recipe.  So for many years, I experimented and tried different ways. I felt really bad asking for other people's recipes because some people don't want to give it away.  That's okay, I respect that.  So I went on my own food journey and tried making sweet pork.  I failed miserably many, many times.  The first time I made it, I put too much sugar and it came out like candied bacon. Hahaha!  The second time I  made it, it was way too salty.  The third time I made it, it tasted great but had no caramel color, it looked like boiled pork only.  As the story goes, many pounds of pork belly, sugar, and soy sauce later .... I finally resulted in this recipe which I use whenever I get a sweet pork craving.  Haha, do let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions how you make it. I'm very interested to know how you make your sweet pork recipe!

Sweet Pork Ingredients:

  • 4 cups pork belly, sliced
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3-5 pieces of star anise
  • 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 thumb ginger, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed tight
  • water, lots of it
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • additional soy sauce for browning eggs
     
  1. Marinate the pork belly in soy sauce and oyster sauce. Set aside.
  2. Boil the eggs. Then remove the eggshell when done.
  3. In a large pot, add oil.  Add the garlic and ginger. Stir until brown.  Add the brown sugar.
  4. When the sugar is melted, add the pork belly marinade including juices and all.
  5. Stir for a few minutes until the pork gets slightly white.  Then add 4 cups water or more  until the pork is all covered.
  6. Cook for 1 hour or more.  For more tender pork, keep adding water and cook 2 hrs or longer.  You can add the star anise at any time.
  7. The water will evaporate.  When it reaches the thickness you like, remove from heat and serve.

Remember, you can always adjust the taste by adding water, increasing or decreasing the amount of sugar or soy sauce!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please leave me a comment if you try it or have any questions!

My latest iOS Application Hmong Phrases

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Hi everyone! I am extremely excited to announce my latest iOS application release called "Hmong Phrases."  This is a very simple application to teach non-Hmong speakers how to say simple conversational phrases in Hmong. You can click a button and play the sound.  Then you can practice how to say it.  The next time you meet a Hmong person, you can surprise and amaze them with the new language skills you just learned! 

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hmongphrases/id479437001?mt=8

History
I decided to make this application because I wanted to teach my Hmong language to other non-native Hmong speakers.  There's been many times I have had friends ask me, "How do you say that in Hmong?"  and I would translate.  So I got this idea to make a very basic and simple to use conversation starter.  I thought it would be helpful to those who want to learn Hmong but didn't know where to start.  Apple makes a very nice iOS platform for developers to get as creative as they want.  Being that there was no app like this in the App Store, I decided to develop and make my mark.  I wanted to connect people to people.  And this is what my app's purpose is.

The real passion behind his project is one that I made for my own personal goals.  I can proudly say that I have achieved something I believed in.  It may not be big, grand, or spectacular, but I made a mark. It doesn't matter if I am the first, the last, the best or the worst.  What matters is the love and passion that went into spending many hours of my evenings and weekends on a project that I believed in.  My sister, Song Vang, help me with the UI designs and my dad helped me translate the phrases.  I put the project and the Objective-C code together.  To me, this is a memorable project because I got to build it with my family.  Even thought they lived 400 miles away from me, I always felt they were close by because we got to collaborate and work together in spirit.  Without their help, I couldn't have done this alone.  Thank you sis, thank you dad!

My dad is the reason why I love technology so much.  Even when we were very young, my dad's love for electronics and computers influenced me as a young girl and even now as a grown woman. You would not think that a young Hmong man from Laos would come to the US, who not even knowing the english language, would fall in love with computers and technology. Well, that was my dad. Long before the internet ever existed, my dad was always a futuristic thinker. He knew something I didn't.  He knew that people needed each other and they will go to any lengths to find one another.  This is true.  No matter how you slice and dice it, we know this is truth.

Being Hmong, means being part of a family.  Our culture and traditions have always included the presence of others.  The way that we have evolved over the past few centuries is amazing and it is also such a very sad story that I will tell another day.  I just wanted to share who I am with you.

Who would have thought that a little hmong girl from Iowa would grow up and learn to love computers, programming, technology, mobile phones, and have so much fun making Hmong food tutorials on Youtube? Hahaha.... I am having a good time and will keep on rocking it!

Kind regards,
Annie
 

How to make Hmong Eggrolls

Hmong eggrolls are fun to eat any time of year!  Here is a very basic recipe.  Experiment with other ingredients and add whatever you like to suit your taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb or 2 lb ground meat of your choice (pork, chicken, turkey, beef)
  • 2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 package rice vermicelli cellophane noodles
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk for sealing the wrapper
  • 50 sheets eggroll skins
     
  1. Add hot water to rice vermicelli cellophane noodles and let soak 5-10 minutes until soft.  Then take scissors and cut up the noodles.
  2. Mix meat, cabbage, carrots, onion, oyster sauce, salt, noodles, eggs until well combined.
  3. Peel the eggroll skins.
  4. Place eggroll skin on a flat surface. Add the eggroll mixture and roll up. Seal the ends with egg yolk.
  5. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Eat with some sweet chili eggroll sauce!

 

How to make chicken feet with black bean sauce

Here is an easy recipe how to make chicken feet with black bean sauce.  This is so delicious and yummy.  Ohhh and it is so addicting too! I can't put the food down! OMGAH! I hope you enjoy this recipe. 

Get your ingredients ready!

Ingredients:

  • 2 - 3 pounds chicken feet
  • 2 tbsp chinese black bean
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 thumb ginger sliced into small strips
  • 3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup green onion sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch mixed with 1/2 cup water

     

1.

Get all your ingredients ready.  (click on the picture on the right to view larger image).

2.

Cut off the nails with scissors or a knife. Wash and drain the chicken feet. Squeeze out all the water.  You can also use a paper towel to dry them. 

3.

In a hot pan, add 1-2 cup oil. 

BE CAREFUL WHEN ADDING THE CHICKEN FEET TO THE OIL. IT IS HOT AND THINGS WILL POP!

Deep fry the chicken until golden brown.

4.

Add the garlic and ginger to a new pan with some oil. Stir until brown.

5.

Now add the chicken feet, oyster sauce, chinese black beans, and water. 

Once mixed, remove and place into a pressure cooker.

Cook for 20 minutes.  Be careful when using a pressure cooker. 

When done, put the pressure cooker under hot water, when the steam button is released, you may open the pressure cooker.

(If you don't have a pressure cooker, just cover and let it cook until the chicken feet is tender.  This could take a long time and if the water dries out, you may need to add more water.)

6.

Add the brown sugar, corn starch + water mixture, and the green onions.  Stir for about 5 minutes until the sauce gets thicken.

7.

Ready to eat!

Please leave me a message if you tried this recipe. I want to know if you like it! :-)  Also, please subscribe to my youtube channel http://youtube.com/hmongfood if you like my recipes.

How to make tapioca layer cake steamed

I love eating this steam tapioca layered cake dessert on as a past time snack.  It's soft, chewy, and coconutty. This is also known as "banh da lon" in Vietnamese. It is also known as "kuih lapis" in Malaysia.  This recipe makes 1 cake.

Tapioca Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can coconut milk (13 oz) + 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup cooked yellow split mung beans
     
  1. Boil the 1/2 cup water and add the sugar until disolved. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rice flour and tapioca starch.
  3. Add the coconut + water mixture to the flour mixture. Stir.
  4. Add the water/sugar syrup to the mixture.
  5. Divide the mixture into 2 parts. 
  6. Yellow layer - add the mung beans and mixture to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Sift the mixture to remove lumps. Add yellow food color.  If you don't like mung beans, skip the mung beans!
  7. Green layer - add food color and mix.
  8. Place a metal container in a steam pot.  Add one layer of green. When solid, add yellow layer. Continue until all layers are finished.
  9. Once cool, cut the tapioca cake.  When it's warm, it is really sticky.  It gets more firm once cooled. Enjoy!

 

Watch the video!

How to make Khaub Poob

How I make khaub poob recipe, the hmong way.  Name variations are: kao poon, kapoon, kao pun, kao pong, etc ...

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups cold water
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 cup bamboo shoots
  • 1 red bell pepper, skin off and chopped
  • 1/2 cup garlic
  • 1/2 cup Red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup Namya curry paste
  • 1 or 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 2 cabbage leaves (optional)
  • Rice noodles
  • 2 tsp salt

Garnishes:

  • shredded cabbage
  • fish sauce
  • shredded banana leaf
  • green onion
  • cilantro
  • basil .. whatever you like
     

 

How to make blue crabs with savory sauce

Blue crabs is one of my favorite dishes!  I first ate this wonderful dish at my Aunt Ong's house ten years ago and instantly loved it at first taste!  The flavor is savory and succulant, omg is it finger licking good!  It is best served with sticky rice.  You dip the sticky rice into the sauce and eat. OMG YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 pounds of blue crab (cleaned, gutted, and split in half)
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 package of imitation crab meat
  • 1/2 cup chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped ginger
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 jar crab paste
  • 1 jar shrimp paste

 

Please subscribe to my Youtube channel if you like this video! :-)  Leave me any questions or comments below.

How to make Hmong Jello

Making Hmong jello is very easy.  It is great for all occasions.  All you need are a few ingredients! Let's get started.

Hmong Jello Ingredients:

Version 1

  • 1 cup of Knox Unflavored Gelatine (if you can find the 16 oz can it will save you lots of $$)
  • 1 can of coconut milk (13 oz can)
  • 5 cups of hot water
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar
  • add small amount of salt (optional)
  • add drops of smell flavoring (cov tsw tsw qaab rau nabvam) OPTIONAL
     
  1. Add sugar to a large bowl.
  2. Measure out 5 cups of boiling water to a big bowl. (becareful cos it's hot!)
  3. Then add the water to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Add coconut milk and stir.
  5. Lastly, add the Knox unflavored gelatine. 
  6. Divide the mixture into three equal parts. 
  7. Add food coloring as you wish. 
  8. In a large pan, pour one color mixture and place in the refrigerator until firm (usually 15 minutes, depends on the temperature of your fridge). 
  9. When the layer is firm, add another layer.
  10. Once it's all solid, cut it up into smaller pieces!

 

VERSION 2 - this one tastes creamier!

5 cups water
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unflavored gelatin
1 can of coconut milk (13 oz)
5 egg yolks
pinch of salt
Food coloring of your choice

Mix the water, coconut milk, and sugar in a bowl and heat over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt, optional.
When little bubbles start to form on the surface, add the egg yolks and stir immediately. Do not let it boil or else you will have scrambled eggs.
Sprinkle the gelatin carefully and stir so it does not get lumpy.
Remove and separate into 3 equal parts.
Add food coloring as you wish.
Pour one color in a pan and chill in the freezer or fridge until solid.
Pour next color when the layer is solid enough to hold another layer.
Continue until all colors are done.
Cut and serve!

To make egg shell mold, crack the narrow end of the egg with a toothpick or knife. Carefully remove a dime size hole. Pour out the egg whites, then the egg yolk will come out last. You can use the egg yolks for this recipe or save for another time. Rinse the egg shell in water. Place upside down back in the egg carton so the water drips out.  If you are concerned about using real eggs, I suggest you can buy egg molds online or at the store.  They make jello molds for eggs.

To fill the egg shells, use a plastic bag and pour it carefully into the shells. OR put the liquid into an empty plastic squeeze bottle and pour into the egg shell.

Where to find the large can of unflavored gelatin?
I bought a 16 oz can of Knox Unflavored gelatin at a large American grocery supermarket. Here in Madison, WI I bought it at Woodman's.  If you cannot find the 16 oz can, you can buy the individual unflavored gelatin packages at any supermarket.  It is cheaper to get the 16 oz can if you plan to make a lot of jello! You can make a few batches with the 16 oz can!

Where to find the powder food coloring like the one in the video?
I bought the Swad food coloring at my local asian grocery store.  If you cannot find powder food coloring, you can use liquid food coloring too.  Powder form just makes the colors brighter but any coloring would work. 

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe.  Try it with different colors and see how it turns out!  Please subscribe to my youtube channel for more updates and new videos!

How to make beef larb the Hmong way

This is a video I recorded using my iPhone 4S.  We went to a family gathering (spirit calling ceremony) for some relatives and my hubby was tasked to make some beef larb.  I decided to make a video of this because some people may be interested in learning about how Hmong make their larb.  My hubby is the one in the orange shirt in the video :-)  This dish shown here can feed up to 100 people.  Hmong family gatherings are usually very large and there is always a ton of food and goodies!

Hope you enjoy the video. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or comment on Youtube.  Please subscribe to our youtube channel!

youtube.com/hmongfood

iPhone 4S and Siri not responding

I got my iPhone 4S on Friday, October 14th.  I really LOVE it! Out of the box, it wasn't too hard to set up.  I just followed Apple's step by step instructions to activate the phone.  But I also then still needed to connect the phone to my mobile carrier, Verizon. It took me 4 tries to activate the mobile service because Verizon kept disconnecting me. I had to call Verizon Customer Service to help me activate the phone.  Thanks to Klout, they sent me a free Proof iPhone 4 case a few months ago from Klout Perks.  I was hanging onto it until I got this phone and it fit perfectly!!! Thanks Klout for the free iPhone case!

I've played around with Siri and tried to train her with information about myself.  One thing I don't like about Siri so far is that she doesn't respond all the time.  Siri does not respond, hangs, and then presents me various message that she doesn't undersand me or cannot connect to the network.  I have to go into Settings > General > Siri and turn Siri off.  Then I turn her back on using the switch "On".  So far, I've had to do this like 30+ times now because she can't connect to the network or is having problems understanding me.  I don't know if other people are experiencing the same thing as me.  If you are, let me know what you are doing to solve this issue!

I'm so happy to be leaving my old Motorola Droid first generation phone behind. It was slow and ate my battery life away.  I've been taking pics, video recording stuff, and playing with all my apps.  Oh I soooo love my new iPhone 4S!!!!!

 

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