Hmong Khao Piak -chicken noodle soup

Recently, I learned how to make Hmong Khao Piak from a coworker. I was getting tired of making the same old soup until I saw a picture that she posted on FB. I wanted something simple and easy to make for the cold day. I was intrigued by the look of it. One day when we were working together, I asked her. She said it was like a chicken noodle soup and so simple to make. She listed me the ingredients. Some of these ingredients, I’m thinking where can I get these since I don’t have an Asian store nearby. I remember my parents growing many of these Asian vegetables.  So I asked my parents first. Man, I got lucky! They have all the ingredients that I need to make the noodle soup. My mom even makes her own noodles. I didn’t know this until she told me that making her own noodles are a lot better than buying preservative noodles and who knows what they put in it. It makes sense. Her noodles were soft, fresh and good. I was thrilled that I didn’t have to go searching at the Asian store. Here’s what you’ll need. To be honest, my coworker doesn’t measure out what goes in the pot. She says there’s no real measurement making it. Taste as you’re making it and add or adjust to your liking.

Here are the ingredients:

Chicken breasts

Lemongrass stalk

Kaffir lime leaves

Galangal or ginger

Chicken bouillon

Rice Noodle

Cilantro (chopped)

Scallion (chopped)

Fried garlic or onion

Chili oil

 

  1. Start by boiling water to make the broth, add the chicken breasts. Make sure enough water to cover the chicken. Let it boil. Skim off any excess fat and froth from the chicken.
  2. Remove the chicken and set it aside and let it cool enough to handle. Using a fork to scrap and tear the chicken into small shredded pieces.
  3. Cut the lemongrass stalk about 4 inches and place it the pot.
  4. Places 3 or 4 kaffir lime leaves torn in the pot.
  5. Cut the galangal or ginger in a small piece about a half dollar size and bruise it gently to release flavor.
  6. Add chicken bouillon
  7. Let it simmer
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Add the shredded chicken back in the pot
  10. Add the noodles and stir
  11. Serve with cilantro and scallion, top with fried garlic or onion and chili oil

Now, I learn that most people make their own noodles or you can buy them at the store. The noodles are made from tapioca flour and rice flour. I haven’t made my very own noodles yet. However, my mom has been learning to make them for some of her dishes. She was generous to provide her homemade noodles to make my noodle soup. She says they just take longer to make but it’s relatively easy. Maybe one day when I get a chance, I’ll learn to make my own noodles too.

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Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year! I’m already excited about this new year and what God has in store for us.

I just got back from my nephrologist visit. We go every year since 2012 when I was dx with an autoimmune in my kidneys. In 2012 I had a stage 4 kidney failure and my creatinine was at a 4! I had hematuria, proteinuria, HTN, and edema. My kidneys were rapidly declining and the doctor was talking about possibly putting me on a dialysis and enlisting me on a kidney transplant. Because my kidneys were plummeting, I was given chemotherapy to wipe out my system to slow or stop the decline. And it did work to some extent, however, my doctor said that my kidneys may function only at a certain percentage and that I may still exhibit sxs for the rest of my life. Also I had a blood transfusion and had some blood clots as a result from that. I was on many meds and as I could recall it was about 22 different meds. I remember counting each one and telling Jason that I don’t think that I can swallow all these meds.
I had many doctor visits nearly each week for months and months. I also had chemotherapy for months too. Jason took me to all my doctor visits. And that’s why he is such a good husband!

Every month I started to get better and had less sxs. I wasn’t on nearly as many meds, and I was told that there were a few meds that I may have to take for the rest of my life. My doctor’s visits were cut to 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. Things were improving, but every year at my nephrologist visit, I would still show a small amount of blood in my urine. My doctor said that it may never healed despite my creatinine was at a normal range.

Today I went in for my annual renal visit and I did my urine test, everything checked out perfect! My doctor said that there was no blood in my urine. And all of my blood work came back normal with creatinine at a 0.66, BUN 9, no blood, glucose, and protein in my urine, no sxs of kidney failure. My doctor took me off my LAST meds and he said, “no more visits, you’re a free bird now”, and that made me feel quite sentimental. It has been a long journey of 6 years to finally feeling normal again and no longer having to take any meds! Clearly, I’m sharing this because I serve an Awesome God and He did not forget and abandon me during those most difficult times of my life. He’s taught me so much during those tough times that all I want is more of Him and less of me.

The greatest love of all is the love that God has for us by his son on the cross. So my encouragement to all is that whatever situation in life that you are going through, know that God loves you and He will never abandon you! Hold on to the faith, pray, and read your bible! I hope my testimony will bless and encourage your walk in the Lord, no matter what life throws at you.

Happy New Year and God bless!