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The dish I wish I had had at Lily and Bloom.

Ok. So I’m a bit behind in my posts. It’s probably no secret that Tom is the rabbit on this blogging team. I’m not only the tortoise, I’m the tortoise that was just passed by creeping moss. This recipe was suppose to follow Tom’s review of Lily and Bloom. Well, we’re several reviews past that and Tom’s feverish to get the next one out the door. I’ve got a lot of cooking to do to catch up, but I also guess you can say better late than never, right?

This recipe came in response to my rather disappointing main. I ordered the special. I should have known better. Special usually is code for “we need to clear out the walk-in, and we can’t get rid of this”. But I ordered it anyway. It’s been awhile since that meal, but, the dish didn’t seem to have a plot. It was random, and since I was unsure of where it was going, I left 3/4’s of it on my plate.

Fish with fusion mess - or Jen's main course

What I do remember is that it had fish, chickpeas, a strange assortment of vegetables and something that resembled a beurre blanc. I kept the fish and chickpeas, but decided to give my version a Spanish focus. It’s a big departure from Lily and Bloom cuisine, but after my meal there, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

Red Snapper with Chickpeas and Chorizo

  • 2 red snapper fillets
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 small shallots
  • 1 link of spicy chorizo
  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • cherry tomatoes
  • a dash of olive oil
  • salt and pepper

This is a super simple recipe. Grate the garlic with a Microplane.


Finely slice the shallots.


Juice the orange.

orange juice

Remove the thyme leaves from the stems.


Rinse the chickpeas.


Slice the chorizo.


In a bit of olive oil, lightly fry the chorizo, shallots, and garlic.

chorizo in pot

Add the chickpeas, thyme, orange juice, and tomato puree.


Add a bit of hot water just to cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.


Quarter the tomatoes.


Season the fish.

season fish

Heat a skillet on high and fry 3-4 minutes on each side depending on how thick the fillet is.


Plate the sauce. Add a few cherry tomatoes. Place the fish on top.

snapper and chorizo 2


  1. Fish and chorizo is such a great combo. BTW – how hard is it to get decent chorizo in HK, and does it cost more than it would back in the UK?

    • It is near impossible outside of a few expat supermarkets. That said good stuff is fairly rare in London!

      I tried to get Jen to make this with Chinese sausage. She said no.

  2. Kay

    Using chinese sausage would be really interesting! So yummy!

  3. Heh, I was going to ask about Chinese sausages as well. I know they’re not the same, but it would be interesting. The dish above looks good and I like the picture-by-picture steps in the instructions. Makes it nice and easy to follow.

    • Hmmm. I’m a purist when it comes to Chinese sausages. I guess I have too many childhood memories. I can’t imagine pairing in a western way -especially with tomato or chickpeas. But maybe one of these days I’ll be brave enough to give it a go. 🙂

    • I knew I was right about the Chinese sausage but she is like Mr Noodles on its use – chinese food only. No fusion malarky.

  4. Fish, Chickpeas and Chorizo (or Chinese sausage) a great combo.
    I’m wondering if a spicy sausage from Szechuan would work just as well.

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