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Chinese Black Bean Stir Fried Clams

This is probably one of the first dishes I learned as a child.  I still remember watching my nanny make this.  Then one day I pleaded to try and help make it to surprise my parents when they came home for dinner.  My nanny agreed and proceeded to teach me a dish that would be […]

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Sweet Potato with Honey and Cream Recipe

One of my all time favorite chefs is Ferran Adrià.  El Bulli is a restaurant that has been on my list of places to try but now that dream is not going to happen as he closed the restaurant in 2012 saying it was due to “massive monetary loss”.  However, I still follow all that he […]

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Baked Yam and Marshmallow

I usually make two of everything for Thanksgiving if I have a lot of people over for dinner.  In case one is not enough I have a backup!  This is a very simple dish to make yet it is one of my favorites because I love marshmallow!  Hope you can try this at home not […]

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Soy Sauce Chicken Wings

(picture does not indicate true serving size) I make a lot of fancy dishes.  I make a lot of variations of popular or traditional dishes.  However, sometimes it is nice to just make something simple and homey.  My mom has always been my inspiration and mentor for cooking because she is such a fabulous cook […]

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Szechuan Spicy Shrimp Recipe

Whenever I am back in Hong Kong at home, I really like to take advantage of the fact that I have a huge kitchen and plenty of counter space to work with. I love my kitchen back in Orange County but it can be challenging to cook and blog from there.  Today, I am going […]

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Marbella’s Full Moon

Since Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is just around the corner, I am thinking of posting a few festive blogs in the upcoming week revolving around this September celebration.  I loved Moon Festival growing up because not only was I able to eat lots of moon cakes but I loved the idea of going out at night […]

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Liángfěn with Black Bean Chili Sauce

When I started Gourmand Chic almost three years ago, I reached out to a lot of foodies, chefs and people in the culinary social media world.  One of the first people I met was Shanti Christensen.  I got to know her little by little over the years and even though we have yet to meet […]

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Clams with Mint, Chiles, and Bacon

I am a fan of clams.  I love how versatile they are and can virtually be cooked in any style and any cuisine.  Today I am making a recipe from The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor by Jerry Traunfeld.  What I love about his cookbook is that he has fabulous dishes you can make […]

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Sausage and Potato Goulash

So I decided to cook and try out more recipes from various cookbooks to push myself to make dishes not in my regular menu, so to speak. The great thing by doing this is that I really get to learn from other wonderful chefs out there and at the end of the day I have […]

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Brie Soup with Truffle Oil Recipe

  Gourmet ingredients like Brie, truffle oil, leeks and cream make this soup a special-occasion indulgence. Ingredients:  2 tbsp plus 1/4 lb. butter 2 finely diced leeks (whites only) 2 finely diced shallots 1 bay leaf 1 branch thyme 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup white wine 4 cups chicken stock; heated 1-1/2 cups 32% […]

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