food of my people

In my last blog post, I wrote about how food is a central part of my family’s identity. I’ve definitely adopted that (and learned to appreciate it), and am also trying to learn how to cook my own recipes.

Gone are the days when I could just call up my mom, or sisters/sisters in law and beg them to make me noodles or food.

So, this past weekend I fulfilled my home cravings by cooking ka-poon! Ka-poon is a Lao dish that has grown in popularity throughout Southeast Asia. As someone who is Mien and Lao, but definitely more of a culturally Mien person– I am trying to learn how to connect with my culture through food again. I’m learning a lot of recipes by calling people up, or looking online for the next best thing.

As for this soup, it’s a classic red curry coconut noodle with vermicilli noodles and lots of cilantro and green onion. It’s actually pretty easy to make, and is super super tasty if you love curry… and coconut. Maybe once I’ve perfected this dish I’ll share the recipe!



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