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Chef Martin Yan has his good friend (and master noodle maker) Chef Tehfu Wang showcase the art of making hand-pulled noodles. Then he invites an audience member to give it a try. From a 1988 episode of his PBS series “Yan Can Cook”.

Chef Martin Yan has his good friend (and master noodle maker) Chef Tehfu Wang showcase the art of making hand-pulled noodles. Then he invites an audience member to give it a try. From a 1988 episode of his PBS series “Yan Can Cook”.

Chef Martin Yan has his good friend (and master noodle maker) Chef Tehfu Wang showcase the art of making hand-pulled noodles. Then he invites an audience member to give it a try. From a 1988 episode of his PBS series "Yan Can Cook". from OldSchoolCool




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  • Barovian

    This guy was the first chef that made cooking interesting to me. His knife work was excellent and the narration was the best. “Cut it ahhp, cut it ahhp, cut it ahhp, cut it ahhp…” He had awesome guests with true skill as well.

  • stevenharms

    these fellows were such goddam gentlemen: excited to share their love, modest in demonstration of mastery, and excited to pull each other up.

    Today it’d be a reality show with Chef Wang entering with fireworks and firing would-be noodle masters with some insipid catchphrase like “You’re all soggy.”

  • ThePizzaNoid

    If Yan can cook, so can you!

    Old school PBS was very entertaining for a kid like me in the 80’s. Yan Can Cook, Frugal Gourmet, This Old House, Bob Ross, New Yankee Workshop. Good times.

  • MicMacMagoo82

    So fun to see this guy after so many year. Chef Yan, if you’re out there somewhere, your infectious good humor and smile have brought me joy on many occasions. Thanks for sharing yourself and your art with us!

  • frencht82

    He was the chef that really got me into cooking when I was a kid. I met him once and still have the signed cookbook. Such a great guy.

  • Sadielady11

    I remember getting up super early to watch cartoons as a tiny kid and finding this show. I thought it said work with yarn and I was excited to learn! Then this guy comes out joking and cooking and I fell in love with his show. Probably was only 3-4 years old. He is fabulous

  • joshuav85

    During the week I watched Yan Can Cook, Bob Ross, Reading Rainbow, Carmen San Diego Wild America and Ghost Writer. On weeknights and weekends PBS would Air some BBC programming and that’s where I first met Mr. Bean.

    PBS was a very pleasant influence for my young brain and I learned a great deal from these shows.

    “Remember. If Yan Can Cook, So Can You!”

  • TylerDurdenSEA

    When I was a teen I was hooked on this show, watched it every day after school. Yan was a master at his craft and funny as hell.

  • jbishop7710

    I loved watching this show when I was a kid. My whole family loved it. I remember coming home from church watching it on Sundays. So hilarious.

  • imanAholebutimfunny

    tom will becoming back next week to defend his title. This video was really enjoyable to watch. That presentation was top notch.

  • Dracogame

    As much as I love the message and the energy behind this clip, handmade noodles are both very hard and very energy consuming to make. It’s the one thing I’ll always buy premade.

  • honestyseasy

    Yan Can Cook was a staple in my Cantonese household. My dad was so excited to see someone who looks like him cooking his family’s food on television. (And a man, no less: my grandmother never taught my dad her recipes because cooking wasn’t men’s work, and he’s always regretted it.)

  • ladykatykat

    I had one of my first and most inspiring days of my life meeting this man at the Cherry creek Food festival in Colorado, YEARS ago. He was amazing, hung out with my while my sister (school project for the AIOC) filmed other people doing their cooking. Watching him take apart a chicken in front of my eyes in less than 30 seconds was life changing, how to cut a onion, all of it. Been in the field since. Love this man!

  • wakabayashi97

    Thanks for posting! I was so excited to see Mr. Wang working his magic on this episode as a kid. Mr. Wang owned and ran the San Wang Chinese restaurant on Post in San Francisco’s Japantown and was a family friend. The noodles there were 🤌

  • ChefBoyD

    This man, Julia Childs, and Jaques Pepin are the reasons why I’m in the restaurant bizz. I feel like cooking shows don’t come close to what they were for some reason.

  • Saltysaurus-Rekt

    I donate 5 dollars to pbs every month. I should really stop since I’m poor. But damn have they’ve been putting out quality tv for so long.

  • dontworryaboutit26

    I’m only familiar with PBS having Bob Ross, but never seen this. He’s so entertaining and makes it so fun

  • EmphasisPleasant1817

    I think in retrospect that Wok with Yan was a huge influence for me, a Canadian, living 10+ years in southeast and east Asia. Such delicious cuisine across the board.

  • armosnacht

    I used to love watching this. I remember going on vacation to San Francisco in ‘93 and saw where it was filmed.

  • lokiinlalaland

    (Anytime Yan has to crush a piece of Garlic)

    Yan, “Chinese Food Processor! Wha-POW!”

    (Smashes Garlic with flat part of knife)

    LOVED. IT.

  • cocoamix

    My parents sat next to him on a flight once and chatted with him. His real life accent is slight and was heavily amplified for the show.

  • half-giant

    My mom took a cooking class taught by Martin Yan in the 70’s and she always remembers him scolding her in front of the whole class for not chopping her carrots finely enough.

    That’s my Martin Yan story, thank you.

  • left_right_out

    Ha! I remembers watching this episode when it first aired! At my grandma’s house, on a Saturday (?) afternoon, on pbs!

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