In this episode of Yan Can Cook, Martin introduces us to some of the popular recipes and traditions associated with Chinese New Year, the most significant holiday in the lunar calendar. Have a peaceful beginning and celebrate at home with these traditional dishes including lo han jai, a vegetarian noodle dish featuring mushrooms, tofu, and cellophane noodles (1:58). This dish is sometimes called “Buddha’s Delight” because Chinese vegetarian cooking was originally popularized by monks in Buddhist monasteries.(8:01)
Lions symbolize power and strength in lunar traditions. Let’s celebrate with a simple lion’s head soup, a soup made with pork meatballs. Martin pairs the soup with san choy bow. This lettuce wrap recipe usually calls for pork, but Martin substitutes for shrimp. (9:02).
Martin wraps up the episode with a fish filet for luck and a braised duck’s web, his mom’s favorite dish.(20:26). Gung hay fat choy!
Yan Can Cook, Season 3, Episode 22, Lunar New Year Festivities
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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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