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francesrenhuang  gong bao ji ding

If you haven’t heard, we’re in DIY mode this year. We’re being healthy (ish); we’re trying new things. And we’re looking to our very own FrancesRenHuang for inspiration. An acupuncturist, yoga teacher, and restaurant reviewer, FrancesRenHuang brings us flavor-packed, healthful recipes from Asia by way of Buenos Aires. With a quick glance through her FOOD52 profile page, it’s obvious: this is food that makes you feel good -- and look good. (This is food from a yoga teacher, people.) The photos are vivid with color, the dishes sing with spice. They make us calm; they make us relaxed. 

And, most of all, they make us want to cook, to run into our kitchens and put all of our new year’s aspirations to good use. Want to DIY this year? Look no further than FrancesRenHuang’s Ghee, Creamy Greek Yogurt, and Garlic Naan with Whole Wheat. Want to eat healthier -- while still indulging in dessert? Try out her Wheat Bran Chocolate Chip Cookies, her Sesame Lace Cookies, her Almond Brittle Garnished with Sea Salt. For those exotic, flavor-packed weeknight dinners -- no, we don’t mean take-out -- the Gong Bao Ji Ding (pictured above), Thai Basil Stir-Fry, and Thai-Style Grilled Short Ribs with Spicy Dipping Sauce make us want to forget all about that mediocre Thai restaurant nearby. This year, we’re following FrancesRenHuang, green tea in hand.

Read our profile Q&A with FrancesRenHuang below, and check out her beautiful blog here.

  • What's the strangest food you've ever eaten?
    Snake Blood

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Thai: Stir-Fried Pork with Basil, accompanying with balsamic rice, fish sauce and a fried egg

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    Iron skillet

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:


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Comments (10)


over 3 years ago Giggles

I'm new to the Food52 community and I'm delighted to get to know you and try some of your recipes. I especially want to try the Thai Basil stir-fry and the garlic naan bread.


over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats, FHR! And thank you. You are an inspiration. Humbly, I am following your recipes. Yoga teachers have a special way of showing us a true light.


over 3 years ago edamame2003

yay Frances! thanks for making all my favorite dishes healthier--and I love the asian by way of South America flair. looking forward to seeing more of you and your recipes in 2012!


over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

So happy to see FRH in the spotlight. We know from personal experience that in addition to being all of the above, she is a fun, kind, and generous expert on all-things-food-in-Buenos Aires (where my sons met and dined with her last summer.) One of my favorite FOOD52 cooks, ever!! We love you, FRH. ;o)


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats, Frances! What a lovely collection of recipes you have. I look forward to more!


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

so nice to see you in the spotlight, Frances!


over 3 years ago FrancesRenHuang

Thank you everyone :) More recipes to come this year!


over 3 years ago Sonali aka the Foodie Physician

Congratulations on your spotlight! Your recipes look delicious and I love Put Kaprow!


over 3 years ago Hilarybee

Wonderful spotlight! The Gong Bao Ji Ding helped me win a few new friends this year already =)


over 3 years ago Midge

A great spotlight. Gong Bao Ji Ding has become a standard in my kitchen.