Yan Can Cook

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Yan Can Cook
GenreCooking show
StarringMartin Yan
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3500+
Executive producerGayle Yamada
ProducerMark Tocher
Original release1982 (1982) –
  • Martin Yan – Quick & Easy

Yan Can Cook is a Chinese oriented cooking show starring Chef Martin Yan that featured recipes for stir fried foods and an assortment of various other traditional Chinese meals and cooking techniques. The series first aired in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (CFAC-TV) in 1978 and later in San Francisco, California, United States in 1982 on PBS (KQED).[1][2] Yan also wrote several cookbooks which serve as companions to these various television series.[1]

Presentation style[edit]

Chef Yan's style of presentation was infused with (and today continues to feature) humor; during this program's original run he became known for his main catchphrase, "If Yan can cook, so can you, zai jian(goodbye in Mandarin Chinese)/zoi gin(goodbye in Cantonese)!", with which he signed off on each show. He used a second catchphrase, "Something fishy here! [sic]", used whenever he cooked seafood.[3] One of his other trademarks was to chop food frantically with a sharp cleaver while grinning towards the camera. This show is shot on stage.


  1. ^ a b SFGATE, Susana Guerrero (2021-04-29). "Martin Yan on 'Yan Can Cook' and the future of Bay Area cuisine". SFGATE. Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  2. ^ Krishna, Priya (2021-06-15). "Four Decades on, Martin Yan Faces a New Audience and a New World". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  3. ^ February 26, Stephan Lee Updated; EST, 2016 at 04:44 AM. "'Top Chef' recap: The chefs have to come up with the best "fast casual" concept". EW.com. Retrieved 2022-12-16.