Yan Can Cook
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|Yan Can Cook|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Executive producer(s)||Gayle Yamada|
|First shown in||1982|
|Followed by||Martin Yan – Quick & Easy|
Yan Can Cook is a Chinese cuisine cooking show starring Martin Yan that featured recipes for stir frying and other traditional Chinese meals. Martin had a catchphrase, "If Yan can cook, so can you!", with which he used to sign off each show. He used a second catchphrase, "Something fishy here!", whenever he cooked seafood. One of his other trademarks was to chop food frantically with a sharp cleaver while grinning to camera, which used to elicit a round of rapturous applause from the largely American audience.
Martin's style of presentation is infused with a little bit of humour, with the series shown widely on public television in the United States, on Food Network in Canada and on HTV in Vietnam. The series later transferred to Thames Television in the UK in the 1980s. A series featuring Vietnamese cuisine was also produced and was broadcast in 2003.
He has also written several cookbooks, most of which are companions to his various series.
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