Posted on March 4, 2010
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Thirty years ago, Asian food was an exotic and rare cuisine for the American palette. Fast forward to today, an Asian food aisle is present in almost any grocery store, and eateries featuring fares from the Far East are perhaps as prevalent as fast food.
Martin Yan has helped introduce Asian food to American audiences serving as host of PBS’ “Yan Can Cook.”
With a thick Cantonese accent and infectious enthusiasm for Asian food, Yan has steadily un-shrouded exotic fares for American audiences, always ending the show with, “If Yan can cook, so can you.”
Portland holds a special place for Yan, whose father spent years working in Chinatown making money before returning to China. Yan was in town for a cooking show at Wong King’s Restaurant on Division Street, a place the chef has high regards for.