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Prix Fixe with Guest Chef Sami Scripter

March 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

View Venue Website, 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR 97212 + Google Map

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Hmong dinner hosted by the author of Cooking from the Heart: The Hmong Kitchen in America

About this Event



Chicken Curry Noodle Soup/Kraub Poob

Jasmine Rice/Mov

Stuffed Chicken Wings/Kooj Tis Qaib Nitim

Stir-fried Garlicky Chinese Green Flower/Zaub Ntsuab Paj Kib

Hi Chili Condiment/Kau Txob Ntsw

Tropical Fruit Coctail with Agar-Agar Gelatin/Qab Zib Khov Txiv Hmab Txiv Ntoo

The Event

Author and Guest Chef Sami Scripter will prepare this meal for 10 guests who will eat together at the community table. Sami will be available during the main course to give a short talk and answer questions.

Simple, earthy, fiery, and fresh, Hmong food is an exciting but still little-known Southeast Asian cuisine. We have gathered more than one hundred recipes from Hmong cooks across America. They range from well-known items such as egg rolls and green papaya salad, to more unfamiliar dishes, such as Nqaij Qaib Hau Xyaw Tshuaj (Chicken Soup for New Mothers) and Dib Iab Ntim Nqaij Hau Ua Kua (Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup). Cooking from the Heart is beautifully illustrated with color photos of completed dishes (click your refresh button to view more dishes), black and white photos from inside Hmong kitchens, and provides descriptions of unusual ingredients and cooking techniques.

Cooking from the Heart is the first cookbook to clearly set out the culinary traditions of the Hmong people as well as the cultural significance such traditions hold. The recipes are accompanied by anecdotes, stories, and poems that demonstrate the importance of food and cooking in Hmong culture, and they offer a dramatic perspective on the immigrant experience. We explain diet restrictions and taboos as well as how herbs and foods are traditionally used for healing purposes. The oral tradition by which these recipes have been passed down has meant that Hmong cooking has not yet reached a wide audience in the United States. While designed for an American kitchen, Cooking from the Heart encourages readers to seek out Hmong herbs and vegetables only recently introduced in the United States. After all, the essence of Hmong cuisine is cooking with an adventurous and creative spirit – from the heart.


Rose City Book Pub
1329 NE Fremont

Portland, OR 97212
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