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You can do almost anything with soup stock,
by Martin Yan

You can do almost anything with soup stock,
it's like a strong foundation.
When you have the right foundation, everything tastes good.
- Martin Yan

If I could only have one type of food with me,
I would bring soy sauce.
The reason being that if I have soy sauce,
I can flavor a lot of things.
- Martin Yan

I normally don't eat junk food.
- Martin Yan

I've never considered myself a celebrity or even part
of the entertainment business.
I'm a cooking teacher.
- Martin Yan

 

The hoopla, the applause, the praises have never excited me.
- Martin Yan

People who don't travel cannot have a global view,
all they see is what's in front of them.
Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.
- Martin Yan

So when I do Chinese cooking, I mix everything together,
then the kids have to eat their vegetables.
They won't have the patience to pick them out.
- Martin Yan

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You don't have to show people how successful you are.
- Martin Yan

When I retire or pass away, I will be able to look
back and say that this has been an exciting life.
That's all that matters.
- Martin Yan

At thirteen, when I arrived in Hong Kong after leaving China,
I made a living by working in a restaurant.
- Martin Yan

Chinese culture has a lot of virtues that are tremendously
valuable to not only us as Asian-Americans,
but also the world in general.
- Martin Yan

In general I love to eat anything.
I enjoy anything that is well prepared,
a good spaghetti, lasagna, taco, steak,
sushi, refried beans.
- Martin Yan

When you have a good stock, you can make a good soup.
- Martin Yan

I have a lot of cooking tools.
In fact I have a whole drawer full of knives.
Cooking tools, especially cutlery, are my toys.
- Martin Yan

Happiness is within.
It has nothing to do with how much applause you get
or how many people praise you.
Happiness comes when you believe that you have done
something truly meaningful.
- Martin Yan

Some people never contribute anything positive to society,
they may even drain our resources, but most of us try to do something better,
to give back.
- Martin Yan

I enjoy the quiet life.
- Martin Yan

I am just a normal professional with a great job and a great life.
- Martin Yan

I remember when I was in college, I used to watch Julia
Child's cooking show during dinner and joke with my
roommates about becoming a TV chef.
- Martin Yan

I also have a lot of preserved foods,
things that will keep for a long time like dried fish,
seaweed or lotus seed.
- Martin Yan

Why is America such a great country.
It is because we stand united.
- Martin Yan

Anyone that has come to America past the age of eighteen
will be able to understand when I say that you can never shake your accent.
- Martin Yan

Soy sauce is really a multi-purpose seasoning.
- Martin Yan

Just like if you were brought up on a farm,
you would most likely carry on your father's business as a farmer;
I was brought up in the kitchen and ended up becoming a chef.
- Martin Yan

The only thing that counts is if you know how to prepare your ingredients.
Even if with the best and freshest ingredients in the world,
if your dish is tasteless or burnt, it's ruined.
- Martin Yan

I don't like to waste anything.
Any food left over from the night before is always eaten the next day.
- Martin Yan

The problem with a lot of Chinese is that they put
up divisions between Taiwanese,
Hong Kong natives, mainlanders.
We are never united.
I really hope that the Chinese can be more united.
- Martin Yan

First of all, I can't really claim to be a great chef.
- Martin Yan

Well, you know, if you get into the profession because
you think you can make a lot of money,
you can never become successful.
- Martin Yan

A lot of people don't enjoy their job,
they may even hate it, but I am lucky enough to be
able to make a living through my passion.
- Martin Yan

As long as the food is well prepared and not overdone,
I think it tastes good.
It doesn't matter if it's Chinese, Japanese,
anything.
- Martin Yan

I live a very low-key life.
- Martin Yan

When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.
- Martin Yan

I can represent my culture while helping not only the
Chinese-American community,
but also the community at large.
- Martin Yan

I think being famous is more of a hindrance,
a constraint, than just letting yourself be free.
- Martin Yan

Because normally with Western cuisine,
you'll serve vegetables separate from the meat,
so kids will eat the meat and never touch the vegetables.
- Martin Yan

I think a lot of times it's not money that's the primary motivation factor;
it's the passion for your job and the professional
and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing
what you do that motivates you.
- Martin Yan

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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