It’s a challenge to describe how entertaining Martin Yan is in person.
I hope the below managed to illustrate it for you:
The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Chef Yan is recognised internationally as an accomplished chef among his peers. He has also captured the attention, admiration and hearts of millions of fans by spicing up his cooking repertoire and teaching with a personal ingredient – wit! Whether on television or in person, a session with Chef Yan proves to be both invigorating and educational.
The whole group of invited guests & media was tickled with his antics & animated gestures at his recent cooking demo at Ritz Carlton.
Dedicated to demystifying Asian cooking, Chef Yan furthers the understanding of these excellent cuisines and the cultures that created them with spirited lessons, fun and entertainment.
These were some of the delectable but easy to prepare treats we had that day.
As you may know, one of the revered skills as a cook is the art of being able to slice raw ingredients into teeny-weeny slivers and with uniformity. Yes, each and every slice must boast of the same thinness.
And here is Martin Yan very happily showed off his prowess in this department.
His deftness with the knife bears testament of his dedication to his art – cooking. It was obviously a skill horned sharp by numerous years of reign in the kitchen.
Not applicable just vegetables; but even for seafood as well!
Born in Guangzhou, China, to a restaurateur father and a mother who operated a grocery store, Chef Yan possessed a passion for cooking from an early age. His formal induction into the culinary world began at age 13 with an apprenticeship at a popular Hong Kong restaurant. He refined his natural talent at the Overseas Institute of Cookery in Hong Kong, and then pursued a Masters of Science in Food Science at UC Davis in the United States.
With all that accolades, I couldn’t wait to EAT the food prepared by the hands of this capable Chef.
Martin shared 3 recipes with our lucky group that day. Recipes that he claimed is created & first time ever debuted to the public. Wow! We are indeed an honoured bunch!
First up: Siu Mai with Spicy Tomato Sauce.
Then it was the Yin Yang Vegetables Pockets.
Yin Yang because some of the potstickers were poached………..
………….and some were pan fried.
Pan fried potstickers.
Both equally delicious! 😉
Last was the fusioned Spring Rolls. Prawns, cheese & avocadoes =Yummy!
Step by step: Really simple! Start with spring roll wrapping, then fresh avocadoes followed by poached prawns and lastly topped it all with shredded creamy cheese of your choice.
Fry it all up in some vegetable oil.
Now imaging eating this; creamy avocadoes with crunchy prawns and melted hot cheese… lovely!
My personal favourite is the dip that came with the spring rolls. Pretty simple as well, just mash avocadoes with a squeeze of lime juice plus some seasoning of salt & pepper. Add bird eye chillies for some heat and you got yourself a very appetizing dip!
All recipes for the above dishes will updated by tomorrow.
Martin Yan’s accomplishments:
30 cookbooks, including the award-winning “Martin Yan’s Feast”, “Martin Yan’s Asian Favorites”, “Chinese Cooking for Dummies”, and “Martin Yan’s Quick & Easy”. His latest cookbook, “Martin Yan’s China”, documents his travels and culinary discoveries throughout the far reaches of China.
A valued instructor at top culinary institutions, Chef Yan has taught at The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University, The California Culinary Academy and The Chinese Cuisine Institute in Hong Kong.
In 1985, he founded the Yan Can Cooking School in California and in 2007, founded The Martin Yan Culinary Arts Center, a unique international culinary academy for professional chefs in Shenzhen, China.
Besides teaching the culinary arts, Chef Yan is also a restaurateur. His restaurants, Yan Can and SensAsian, offer inventive pan-Asian menus.
Asian Food Channel (AFC) is the premier food and lifestyle broadcaster based in the heart of Asia. Launched in mid-2005 into multiple territories across the region, AFC offers viewers insights into the world’s top tables, top chefs and tantalising cuisines from around the globe.
For more information, please visit: www.asianfoodchannel.com
Thanks AFC for making this possible! Do bring more of these celebrity chefs to our Malaysian shores!
And special thanks to Alice George for the invite! 😉