Demonstration: Wok with Chef Martin Yan - Holidays at Home

Friday, 12/18/2020
2:00 - 3:00
Virtual Library

United States

San Francisco’s own Chef Martin Yan helps us celebrate the Holidays at home by providing a virtual cooking class suitable for all cooks, young to old, if “Yan Can Cook, So Can You!”

Chef Martin Yan has WOWed audiences from Shanghai to San Francisco for over 40 years on American Public Television, promoting Chinese and Asian cuisine. Making it easy for home cooks has been his life-long mission.

Since 1978, Chef Yan has hosted the Yan Can Cook show on PBS—one of the longest-running cooking and traveling programs on television today—has written 30 cookbooks and is founder and chef of M.Y. China in San Francisco. 

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Roasted Duck Salad - Recipe

Shopping List

  • 8 ounces Boneless duck breast                                                       
  • 3 cups Mixed salad greens                                                 
  • ½ cup (matchstick pieces) Cantaloupe                                                                     
  • ½ cup (matchstick pieces) Honeydew
  • ¼ cup Edible flowers (optional)                                       
  • ½ cup Nuts (such as pistachio)                                         
  • 1 tablespoon Rice wine or dry sherry                             
  • 2 teaspoons Soy sauce, regular                                                      
  • 3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil                                               
  • 3 tablespoons Black vinegar                                                            
  • 2 teaspoons Honey                                                                             
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame oil                                                                    
  • ½ teaspoon Wasabi paste                                                                
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese five spice                                                        
  • ½ teaspoon Sea salt                                                             
  • ½ teaspoon Cornstarch                                                                                                                         


Lettuce Wrap - Recipe

Shopping List

  • 8 ounces Chicken, boneless                                              
  • 1 small Carrot                                                                         
  • ½ Bell pepper                                                           
  • 2 Fresh shiitake mushrooms                               
  • 6-8 sprigs Cilantro                                                                
  • 1 head Iceberg lettuce                                                        
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic                                                                               
  •  1 teaspoon minced Ginger                                                                            
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce                                                             
  • 1 tablespoon Oyster-flavored sauce                                             
  • 1 tablespoon Dry sherry                                                                    
  • 1 teaspoon Soy sauce, regular                                                        
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame oil                                                                      
  • 1 teaspoon Chili garlic sauce                                             
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Cooking oil                                                                      
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Cornstarch


Dumplings/Potstickers  - Recipe

Shopping List

  • ½ pound Ground pork or chicken                                                                
  • 1 stalk Green onion                                                                                          
  • ¼ cup shredded Napa cabbage                                                                                                  
  • 1 clove (1 teaspoon) Garlic                                                                                                          
  • 2 teaspoons minced Fresh ginger root                                                                                    
  • ¼ -inch pieces in ¼ cup Chives (optional)                                                                               
  • 2 Dried black mushrooms (shiitake)                                             
  • 1 Egg                                                                                                        
  • About 16  Potsticker wrappers (round)                                                                    
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Cooking oil (eg. canola or corn oil)                                                       
  • 3 tablespoons Soy sauce, regular                                                                               
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar or Chinese black vinegar                                        
  • 1 tablespoons Pure sesame seed oil                                                                         
  • 2 teaspoons Chili garlic sauce or your favorite chili sauce                                 
  • 2 teaspoons Hoisin sauce                                                                                             
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt                                                                                                                
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic salt                                                                                      
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground black pepper   


            Yan Can Cook sale items

Connect with your community through Library gatherings.

Connect to engaging discussions and performances related to the Chinese American community.

Discover new flavors, build cooking skills and try something tasty.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Attending Programs

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