It’s Not Only Yan, Now We All Can…COOK!

Sunday, June 8, was a culinary extravaganza at the Shenzhen Culinary Arts Center, where the famous US TV chef Martin Yan offered SACS a cooking demonstration.

The intrepid souls who joined this SACS trip learned some wild and woolly skills with a chef’s knife. We also got to taste several of Chef Yan’s signature dishes, such as:

  • Stir-fried Chicken with five different kinds of nuts
  • A fruit and shrimp salad—one that makes good use of all those new knife skills!
  • Salmon and pickled veggies with a to-die-for sauce
  • Velvety chicken in Portuguese sauce (with a nod to Macau)
  • Giant prawns, butterflied and baked with lemon grass and other delicious secret ingredients
  • A pastry filled with a fried and caramelized banana.

Yan also demonstrated some fabulous garnishing skills—again with the knife (it’s quite amazing what one can do with a cucumber).

The Culinary Arts Center and SensAsian restaurant are located right near Windows of the World. Martin Yan and his partners opened the center in 2007. It’s a full-service location with a demonstration kitchen (including video screens that provide a close-up view of what’s happening on the stove), teaching kitchens, reception and meeting rooms (where the staff can arrange tea, wine, chocolate or Chinese food tasting), and of course the restaurant itself. In addition, the center does western-style weddings and can cater for groups.

The center is meant to promote culinary exchange between East and West. Yan said that he also expected to bring other famous chefs to the center to teach their own styles of cooking.

It was a an interesting and relaxing day-trip with a delicious lunch included— Martin Yan’s Culinary Arts Center is sure to be a welcome addition to the recreational venues of Shenzhen.

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