Season of Thanks & Giving

Shu feeds her daughter, Ngoc Chau, at a dinner with her Hmong co-workers and trainees in Sapa, northern Vietnam. I’m breaking all the rules this week. It’s Thanksgiving, this is a food blog, and I’m not posting a single holiday recipe. Gasp! I know. But the truth is, I’m thinking more about life and less…Continue readingSeason of Thanks & Giving

Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner

A while back, I posted my account of eating for nine days in the northern Lao village of Sophoon. That was an example of what comes to the dinner table when the hosts know they have guests to feed. A few days ago, we trekked to the Hmong village of Ban Pakeo, several hours on…Continue readingGuess Who’s Coming for Dinner

Hmong Cooking on a Cold Winter Night

A melt-in-your-mouth pork with caramelized sweetness and the contrasting flavors of bell pepper and crisp green onion. Amy Vue, of the Rice Palace Restaurant in Milwaukee, says she grew up eating this dish. It feels worlds away and ages ago, those crisp wintry days (and nights) we spent in Wisconsin shortly after Christmas. Jerry and…Continue readingHmong Cooking on a Cold Winter Night