Demonstration: Wok with Chef Martin Yan - Lunar New Year

Friday, 1/29/2021
2:00 - 3:00
Virtual Library

Online Services
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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

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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. 


Good Fortune Treasure Box - Recipe

Shopping List

  • 4  large Cabbage Leaves
  • 2  medium Carrots
  • ½ Celery Stalk
  • 1  fresh, Red Chili Pepper  eg. such as Serrano
  • 4  fresh, Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 3  ounces Ham* good quality for extra flavor
  • 1  tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • ¼ cup White Vinegar
  • 1  tablespoon Chili Sauce
  • 1-½ teaspoons Pure Sesame Oil
  • 1  teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 1  tablespoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1  teaspoon Cornstarch      


Longevity Noodles - Recipe

Shopping List

  • 6  ounces Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1  medium Carrot, (1 cup shredded)
  • 2  Celery Stalks
  • ¼ cup small Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2  Green Onion Stalks
  • 2  Garlic Cloves
  • 8  ounces Chinese Egg Noodles, fresh
  • 3  Wonton Wrappers, optional- (cut into matchstick size and fried)
  • 1  tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • 2  tablespoons Peanut Butter or Korean Sesame Paste
  • 1-½ tablespoons Rice Wine or Dry Sherry
  • 2  tablespoons Oyster-flavored Sauce
  • 1  tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2  teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 1  teaspoon Cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon White Pepper           


Pan-seared Fish with Spicy Miso Sauce - Recipe

Shopping List

  • 4  Fish Fillets (eg. Sea Bass or Red Snapper)
  • 2  Green Onion Stalks (2 tablespoons chopped)
  • 2  tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 1  tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1  tablespoon Chin Kiang Vinegar or Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1  tablespoon Miso Paste or Brown Bean Sauce
  • 2  teaspoons Chili Oil          
  • 1  teaspoon Pure Sesame Oil
  • 1  teaspoon Salt
  • 1  teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon White pepper 
  • 2  teaspoons Cornstarch


Yan Can Cook QR Code


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.

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