New Year’s Rice Cakes

The best way to ring in the New Year, in my opinion, is with some rice cakes. For my people–the Hmong–rice cakes, or ncuav, signify a good harvest. It means everyone has labored well for the year, so we take a break from our hard work and celebrate the coming of the new year–with family,…

Onigirazu (Cabinet Cookery)

Onigirazu is a rice ball that one does not need to roll in their hands, or touch the filling, as it is wrapped in seaweed wrap. The end result is a sandwich-like onigiri, or rice ball. The making of this is very recent, having first appeared in 1990 in the manga “Cooking Papa”. Like many…

Steamed Rice Rolls

Steamed Rice Rolls are a delicious street food in Southeast Asia, and contain any filling of your liking, from noodles to pork. Growing up, these rolls, known as fawm kauv in Hmong, were a luxury. Mom rarely made them, and when she did my siblings and I dug in right away. I admit I seldom…