Laos & Hmong: Kao Poon

Restaurant: Green Champa Garden
City: Fremont, CA

kao poon

Coconut soup in chicken with vermicelli. This dish is served with a mild spiciness; you can tell them to add more chili or use the condiments available on the table to make it spicier.

Khao poon (Lao: ເຂົ້າປຸ້ນ; also known as Lao laksa and sometimes spelled kapoon, kao poon, kaow poon, or khao pun) is a popular type of spicy Lao rice vermicelli soup from Laos that has spread to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the United States. It is a long-simmered soup most often made with pounded chicken, fish, or pork and seasoned with common Lao ingredients such as fish sauce, lime leaves, galangal, garlic, shallots, Lao chillies, and perilla. Two common versions of khao poon exist: khao poon nam phik (with coconut milk) and khao poon nam jaew (without coconut milk). Khao poon is typically made with rice vermicelli noodles (“sen khao poon”), but rice stick noodles can also be used. It is served with an assortment of shredded cabbage, carrots, and banana blossom along with bean sprouts, fresh mint, cilantro, lime, and dried red chillies. (Wikipedia)

[Edit on 06.02.2014] One of my coworkers is Hmong American, and she has stated that while Hmong and Lao food are similar, kao poon is considered Hmong.

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  1. Heeeelp :) I bother you again but do you know any good deal for Chinese New Year to eat? I plan to just order food to go and reheat it at home, there’s one place in SF’s Chinatown I love but it’s too far from our place and I cannot see myself taking a soup all the way from there, haha :) mostly I focus on Union City, Newark, maybe Oakland/Fremont

    1. Soup? Is there any specific type of dish you’re looking for? Narrowing it down might help me think of a better place! :)

      1. the worst case is I can go to little shen yang in UC, but we’ve been there so many times… haha any kind of pork bone winter melon soup but soup is not really a big deal, this one is the one I can make myself – Cantonese food we can find here is mostly dim sum so I have no idea what to get >.<

    2. I emailed you yesterday; did you get it?

      Here’s a few Cantonese restaurants my family’s been to:
      – Hong Kong Saigon Harbor (Newark, Sunnyvale, Richmond)
      – King Kong (San Leandro)
      – Good Neighbor Seafood (Newark)
      – Ming Tasty (San Leandro)

      We frequent these Chinese restaurants; they may have a few Cantonese dishes:
      – New China (Union City)
      – Venus Bakery Cafe (Newark)
      – Mayflower Restaurant (Union City)
      – Aberdeen Cafe (Fremont)

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