How To Cook Vegetarian Chinese Food | Yan Can Cook | KQED

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In this episode of Yan Can Cook, tofu takes center stage as Martin prepares three vegetarian Chinese dishes (if you leave out the dried shrimp in the first recipe, that is). The longest beans you’ve ever laid eyes on are featured in a Tofu and Green Bean Salad (1:27). Next, you can use a regular pan or a deep fryer to make Crispy Bean Curd Roll (10:27). And make sure you have some cellophane noodles on hand to make Tofu Casserole (19:53).

Martin takes a moment to introduce the audience to unusual vegetables like bitter melon and answers an audience member’s question about why he left China.

Episode 207, 1985.

*About Yan Can Cook*
After receiving his formal restaurant training in Hong Kong, Chef Martin Yan immigrated to Calgary, Canada where he was asked to appear in a daytime news program to demonstrate Chinese cooking. The rest, as they say, is television history. In 1978, he launched the groundbreaking Chinese cooking series ‘Yan Can Cook’ on public television. Infused with Martin’s signature humor and energy, Yan Can Cook has gone on to become a global phenomenon and has won multiple James Beard Awards.

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KQED says:

We're glad so many people are enjoying this episode (in spite of the dried shrimp)! How did you find it?

Cara Isabella says:

I can’t tell if he’s kidding or for real ! 😂

ILoveEmilee says:

Chanel No. 25!!! LOL

Miquel Anesto says:

Feeling like I am like ten years again when our country had one television station.

adpandehome says:

Takeaway: Dried shrimp is vegitarian.

Gordon Chin says:

"vegetarian dishes"
First ingredient: DRIED SHRIMP

Roberto Di Costanzo says:

it's not vegetarian because he uses dried shrimps

johann marin says:

this guy is a beast!! also very funny and charismatic

XplosiveAction says:

Thanks for doing the weekly uploads of Martin Yan, I really looked forward to seeing the video in my feed today and it was a delight to watch.

Jonathan Myers says:

These dishes are so good!

Pacific coast piper says:

He's got a knack for comedy

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