Tuesday, July 13, 2010

If Yan Can Cook, Do You Think I can?

Last saturday was a very exciting day for me.  Fancy me, meeting Chef Martin Yan in person.  He was  in town giving a cooking demo and i get to go to see him cook live.  I really enjoyed the demo as he was so good with the knife, a real pro, I think i will have to be reincarnated several times before i can come to his level - especially how he garnished a dish.  I tried and here were my results - what do you all think, can i garnish or cook like Yan?


Pan Fried Pork

1/2 lb of pork loin  - sliced thin
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp soya sauce
1/2 tsp dark soya sauce
2 tbsp shaoxing wine
1/4 tsp 5 spice powder
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder


Place a slice of pork in between a plastic wrap, sprinkle some water on to the pork and pound the pork to make it thinner and tenderizing it at the same time.  Repeat with all the slices.

Marinate the pounded pork with the rest of the ingredients for at least 1/2 hour.

Heat a pan with enough oil just to coat the pan.  When oil is hot, put in 3 slices to pan fry, do not overcrowd..  Fry until both sides are nicely browned and crispy.  Repeat with the rest of the marinated pork.

Leave fried pork to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into bite sizes.

Garnish the platter with a tomato rose and cucumber slices(Martin Yan demostrated how they were done)  This Pan Fried Pork was my dinner last night.



Little Corner of Mine said...

Sure you can, garnish looks beautiful and the pork looks moist! So, you were there with Claire?

My Lil' Monster said...

Aunty Lily,
I hv been following your blog for quite a while now. But never been putting my comments.

I just loves reading your blog and your cooking always inspired me to be a better cook for my fmly. And I have No doubt to say, U r much much much better cook than Martin Yen. Yes, u r always my Idol when comes to cooking. U always know your facts and you always there to share your receipe with us.

Once again, Thank you for sharing your creations to us.

Joy said...

That looks great. I used to watch Yan can cook all the time as a child. I loved his shows.

lilyng said...

little corner of mine

no, we were in the 10am session and claire went to the afternoon one. You should have been there, Peng and Shelly came along and Juliana won the Chef's knife.

Cook.Bake.Love said...


I used to watch Yan Can Cook all the time as a child and I liked the show a lot. I remembered Yan also acted in a Jackie Chan movie. He is humorous.

LION GIRL said...

Hey, though I do not cook (but I can really eat, ok?) I love to watch and read cooking stuff. Your blog is in my BlogRoll and Martin Yan one of my favourite. Two combined, "tin har mo dik"!

shireen said...

Greetings from malaysia!!! Love every bit of your blogs. Needful and helpful for me to cook something new for everybody. Thanks a million.shireenchow

Rebecca said...

Hi Lily,
I like your cooking / recipes than Martin Yan, he loved to show off quite a bit, too often will make people feel sick !
It is honour to take a photo with this popular chef. Hope one day you will take over his place, too bad so far you did not host any TV cooking show, if you did, I'm sure you will be the most popular TV chef !!

busygran said...

Lovely garnish, makes the dish very pretty. Good for entertaining.

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

congratulation aunty lily!! I saw Yan wt wok in TV since I was teens in Msia..Wish I can meet him too!! btw,your garnishing is good too!!

Sugahmommy said...

Auntie Lily, you are the best, you can definitely cook no doubt about that! Your blog is such a good archive of traditional dishes that are in danger of being lost if not documented. I appreciate the effort, keep it up!

MeRy said...


I like to read your blog and you are definitely is a good chef.
It was so great to see you taking a pic for chef Martin Yan. I like to watch his program in AFC channel.
He is a great chef.

The pork dish that you cook looks yummy. I shld try it out one day.

TQ for sharing the recipe !!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I'm sure you can too, so the 1st photo is that you? Nice to see your photo. This pork look so yummy.

xiaoxiao said...

Auntie Lily,

This is xiaoxiao from Baltimore! :) I grew up watching Yan's cooking show. My two idols are in the pictures! :)

Thanks for sharing!


xiaoxiao said...

Hi Auntie Lily,

This is xiaoxiao from Baltimore. :) I grew up watching Yan's cooking show and have always been amazed by his mesmerizing knife skill. I have never achieved to that level, and I doubt if I ever will. :) Thanks for posted the photos of both of my idols! :)


mimid3vils said...

I used to watch his show in TV but now I didnt see any of his cooking show show on TV :(

Jess @ Bakericious said...

of course u can! the pork looks juicy and yummy with the beautiful presentation.

Jean said...

Of course you can - cook and garnish as well as Yan can. You have been doing it for years and also showing us how to do it.

Ha! Ha! maybe one day I will be able to cook as well as you and Yan can!! Maybe!


Christine said...

Hi Aunt Lily

I believe you can cook better than Martin Yen = )

Appreciate your recipes and your sharing.

Visit your blog everyday... You are an inspiration.

Blessings on you
ps... I have emailed you ( an email address you gave me last year ) but no reply..Don't know whether you are still using the same one ?! I have to ask you some questions and also double confirm your address so that I can mail you some stuff thru snail mail = )

Alfred and Janet said...

really admired you can meet the fabulous cook ,Mr Yan. and your are really good too.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Hi, am new to Ur yummyblog! ;)

Martin Yan!!! Both me n hubby just love his shows until now! What a brilliant cook! :D

kitchen flavours said...

Wow, meeting Martin Yan in person, must be really exciting! You can cook very well and your decorating is lovely. Hope to see more of this! Have a nice day.

Emily said...

Wow! two of my favorite chefs - each of you represents the best, one of fabulous home cooking and the other promoting Chinese cuisine to the world!

hope chests said...

I love reading your blog because every time I read, I am learning new things like your recipe. I am going to try your Pan Fried Pork and I wish I can get the real taste of it.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

Oh.. these remind me so much of what my grandaunt used to cook for me when I was a kid.

lilyng said...


i am sorry this reply is way overdue. my email has not changed it is still

Aunt LoLo said...

Your garnish looks GREAT!! And it's so nice to finally see your sweet face here. :-)

hoangtam/tt said...

of course you can cook...and bake too!... like nobody's business :)

J.C. said...

Dear Lily,

You certainly can cook and garnish well like Martin Yan!

I love watching his cooking cum travelogue programme around China. Lucky of you to be able to meet him! look lovely in the blue dress too, Lily!

Floppy Ears said...

cool! Martin Yan ;)

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