My friend May, who happens to be Hmong, is always so excited to expose me to new Asian dishes. She knows how much I love Asian cuisine! Last night after work, she and I visited the local Hmong Market in the Como area of St. Paul (north of University Ave.) There are many vendors all sharing the same building, selling everything from trinkets to homemade clothing to fresh produce. We ate dinner together in the food court. It was such a delight! All of those amazing aromas filled the room, as did the Asian clientele. I could tell I was a little out of place, being the only Caucasian in the building! May bought us some pork with the skin-on, some Asian sausage, and papaya salad. I loved every bite. The only thing I couldn’t eat much of was the salad, as it was rather spicy. I still need to get my palate used to spicier food. I left buying some fresh strawberries and Asian cilantro (there’s a difference; apparently the Asian variety is more flavorful).
Filed under: farmers market, Food, local produce | Tags: farmers market, friends, local produce
I recently started making a pilgrimage to a local farmers market in St. Paul with a friend of mine who is also passionate about local, organic food. Below are some pictures of our first visit together on the 4th of July.