“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.” –Frank Herbert


Please allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is PaNhia Thao. I am Hmong and though some of you may not know of the Hmong people, it is my greatest hope that someday, you will familiarize yourself with our great culture, tradition and foods.

The question – what foods really are ‘all Hmong’ – still remains a bit ambiguous as some of “our” dishes are fairly close to that of the Thais and Laos. However, what is certain is that over the years, the Hmong have uniquely modified particular Southeast Asian dishes to make them what they are today in the Hmong community. Though we may not have been the original creators of some dishes, we have definitely contributed to the great taste of Asian foods through our substitution and addition of ingredients. For instance, in egg rolls the Hmong typically use aromatic and delicious herbs like coriander (or cilantro) and green onions along with oyster sauce and black-pepper seasoning to flavor up the stuffing, giving the egg rolls a distinct and mouth-watering taste in every bit. In fact, egg rolls prepared by Hmong people are considered the best!

With that being said, the purpose of this blog is to share my collection of recipes, with my own ‘touch,’ with all of you. It is by no means to say that these recipes are ‘Hmong recipes;’ they are simply just some of the best Southeast Asian recipes I grew up learning from my wonderful parents.

It is with sincere pleasure to share these recipes with you. I hope you will enjoy these great recipes as much as my family and I have. Remember, you do not have to be a chef to cook ethnic food, just have heart. Have fun with these recipes and if you any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Happy Eating!

PaNhia Thao


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