(Offers an introduction to Chinese cuisine with one hundre...)
Offers an introduction to Chinese cuisine with one hundred and twenty easy and enjoyable recipes by a Chinese cooking expert.
(More than 130 recipes highlighting Cantonese, Sechuan, an...)
More than 130 recipes highlighting Cantonese, Sechuan, and specialties are presented together with complete instructions on cooking style, utensils, preparation, and artistry.
Leeann Chin worked first as a seamstress at several Minneapolis clothing stores after taking classes to learn how to mend clothes and create wedding dresses.
Leeann Chin began selling clothes out of her home in South Minneapolis while she and her husband raised their five children. Her interest in food and restaurants began while she was still running her clothing business from her home. Leeann Chin cooked free meals and hosted dinner parties for her customers as a way of thanking them for their business. Soon, customers requested that Leeann Chin host cooking classes and cater events, according to her daughter, Laura Chin.
Leeann Chin opened her eponymous first restaurant, Leeann Chin, at the Bonaventure Mall in Minnetonka, Minnesota in 1980. The restaurant, which was one of the first to offer Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine in the Twin Cities area, initially offered more than 100 menu items, most of which were created and developed by Chin. The first Minnetonka location featured a sit-down dining room and menus embellished with calligraphy. The restaurant proved an immediate success, with some food, which took days to make, selling out quickly. Leeann Chin soon converted it into an 80-seat buffet-style eatery to keep up with customer demand.
Leeann Chin opened her second location in the Saint Paul Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1984, while a third Leeann Chin restaurant opened at the International Design Center in Minneapolis that same year. Another location, which also opened in 1984 in downtown Minneapolis served more than 1,000 customers on an average business day.
In 1985, Leeann Chin, who had run the day-to-day operations, sold the rights to her name and her restaurants to General Mills. She regained the ownership of her business in 1988. By the time Chin left the business in the late 1990s, the Leeann Chin chain had become a Chinese fast food operation. Smaller take-out locations were set up inside Byerly's grocery stores. Leeann Chin retired in 1999. The Leeann Chin chain now had more than 40 locations, mostly in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area, as of 2010.
Leeann Chin continued to teach cooking during her life. She hosted a cooking show on PBS and authored three cookbooks on Chinese cuisine. She moved to the state of Washington and resided on Bainbridge Island.
Leeann Chin died from complications of liver cancer on March 10, 2010, in Seattle, Washington, aged 77. She was survived by her five children - Linda, Bill, Laura, Jean and Katie - and 11 grandchildren - Siu Ping, Dai Wai, Wai Lee, Rutledge, Logan, Katie, Griffin, Jack, Kyla, Dylan and Becca. Her husband, Tony, died in 1994.
(More than 130 recipes highlighting Cantonese, Sechuan, an...)1990
(Offers an introduction to Chinese cuisine with one hundre...)1981
Leeann Chin married her husband, Tony, as a teenager and moved to Hong Kong for a few years. In 1956, she immigrated to the United States with her husband and settled in Minnesota.