Martin Yan's Chinatowns
Host Martin Yan shows off some of his favorite Chinese recipes while exploring many Chinatown neighborhoods in cities around the globe.
S01:E01 - New Wave Chinese
Martin seeks out innovations in East/West cuisine in Honolulu with two chefs who have used their Chinese heritage to create modern masterpieces. This episode's recipes include: Duck-filled Sweet Sesame Balls, Char Siu Quesadillas, Roast Duck Nachos and Beer-Battered Ahi Rolls.
S01:E02 - Chinatown Markets
Martin tours the Chinatown Markets in San Francisco. Then he enjoys a meal at the Pearl City Restaurant owned by his friends Mr. And Mrs. Kin-Fai Chan. This episode's recipes include: Drunken Shrimp Soup, Four-Mushroom Beef, and Five-Flavour Chicken and Eggplant.
S01:E03 - Ethnic Favorites
Martin takes an in-depth look at the variety of food in Toronto’s Chinatown and cooks Macanese food with a local Macanese family. This episode's recipes include: Mrs. Ozorio’s Okra with Shrimp Paste, Slow-Cooked Seven-Flavour Pork, Stir-fried Soybean Sprouts with Bean Thread Noodles, and Chinatown-Style Sponge Cake with Berries and Cream.
S01:E04 - Local Culinary Guide
Martin tours Yokohama’s Chinatown with his friend Mr. Zeng and dines in a Beijing-style restaurant on a tatami mat. This episode's recipes include: Nanjing “Surf and Turf” Stir-Fry, Sweet and Tangy Lotus Root Salad, and Mongolian Beef.
S01:E05 - The Fishing Village
Martin calls on the fishermen in the Coloane Village on Macau and feasts on the fruit of their labour including a unique “Hanging Fish”. This episode's recipes include: Shanghainese Wok-Seared Fish in Wine Sauce, Black Bean Sauce Clams with Fresh Basil, and Cracked Crab in Ginger-Wine Sauce.
S01:E06 - Seafood Market
Martin tours and samples from the grand opera of seafood in the Sydney Fish Market in Australia. Then he dines on the finest seafood with a fifth generation Chinese-Australian. This episode's recipes include: Wok fried Garlic Crab in Butter-Wine Sauce, Steamed Oysters on the Half Shell, and Nori-Dusted Flounder Bundles.
S01:E07 - The Spice Garden
Singapore was once a major seaport during the height of the spice trade. Martin picks spices from the garden of his friend Kwan Liu who has a cooking school here. They use the spices to prepare dishes with the fresh ingredients they found at the Tiong Bahru Market. This episode's recipes include: Double-Ginger Fish, Egg-Flower Soup with Lemongrass and Mushrooms, and Fluffy Cloud in Lime Syrup.
S01:E08 - Reinventing Classics
Martin tours New York’s Chinatown with the help of his old friend Henry Chung “The Mayor of Chinatown” and learns about the history of Chop Suey from Professor Jack Tchen of New York University. Then it’s off to Ping’s Restaurant for a soup that doesn’t need a pot. This episode's recipes include: Country Style Black Bean Spare Ribs and Eight Treasures Melon Bowl Soup.
S01:E09 - Traditional Noodle Makers
Martin tries the art of noodle making at the Lee Family Restaurants in London’s Chinatown. This episode's recipes include: Jia Jiang Noodles, Shang Dong Stir-Fry Soup Noodles, and Gum Lo Rainbow Wontons with a Seafood Sweet-and-Sour Sauce.
S01:E10 - Portuguese Influence
Martin explores the effect of the Portuguese influence on Chinese cooking in Macau, dines outdoors in the European style, and visits the “Miss Macau” restaurant. This episode's recipes include: Beauty Queen Beef, Spicy Clams with Pork Sausage, and Macau Clay Pot with Rice.
S01:E11 - 21st Century Chinatown
Martin explores the new Chinatowns that have evolved in and around Toronto. There he finds everything that exists in a traditional Chinatown. This episode's recipes include: Emerald Chicken with Grapes and Kiwi, Crispy Halibut with Miso Vinaigrette, and Fried Ice Cream with Ginger-Caramel Sauce.
S01:E12 - Street Dining to Fine Dining
Martin and Chef Chen sample the best of everything from Haute Cuisine to simple street fare in Singapore. This episode's recipes include: Steamed King Prawns with Cilantro Pesto, Crispy Seafood and Mango Packets, and White Cloud Wok-Seared Scallops.
S01:E13 - Everyday to Elegant
Martin tries traditional Chinese cuisine in Melbourne, from the quick and inexpensive to dishes with a very elegant flair. This episode's recipes include: Chinese Doughnuts, Shrimp and Scallops with Chinese Doughnuts, and Flower Drum Crab Baked in the Shell.
S01:E14 - Wine and Dine
Martin drops into the Harbour Village Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown to taste the blend of east and west cuisine created by Chef Andy Wei and learn about wine pairings with Chinese food. This episode's recipes include: Lemongrass Lamb with Minted Orange Sauce, Dungeness Crab with Basil San Francisco-Style, and Three-Pepper Game Hen.
S01:E15 - Tea House Foods
Martin visits a 24-hour teahouse in Singapore and introduces Chef Susan Tieng, one of the few women chefs in Singapore. This episode's recipes include: “Steamed Buns” with “Buddha Bun Vegetarian Filling”, Shrimp and Tropical Fruit Rolls, and Golden Baked Buns with Shrimp-Scallop Filling.
S01:E16 - The Chinese Iron Chef
With the help of his friend Chef Tse, winner of the “Iron Chef” competition, Martin discovers the food found between the gates of heaven and earth in Yokohama’s Chinatown. This episode's recipes include: Sweet and Tangy Catfish Fillets, Pepper Steak in Soy-Red Wine Sauce, and Sweet Chinese Herbal Tea.
S01:E17 - The Hong Kong Connection
Martin finds that old world favorites get a new world twist in Vancouver’s Chinatown. This episode's recipes include: Master Sauce Squab, Oven-Baked Salmon in Spicy Chilli-Bean Sauce, and Pepper seared Scallops.
S01:E18 - The Reunion
Respect and Confucian beliefs come into play as Martin has a reunion with his teacher and boyhood friends from China who now live in New York. This episode's recipes include: Stir-Fried Beef with Bitter Melon, Braised Fish Fillet with Tofu Puff, and Daikon and Bean Thread Noodles.
S01:E19 - Hawaiian Icon
Martin discovers the Chinese legacy in Honolulu and tries some favorites of Hawaiian restaurateur Sam Choy. This episode's recipes include: Tofu Puff with Long Beans and Mushrooms, Sam Choy’s Whole fish with Fruit Salsa, Okey Dokey Poke, and Lu’Au Stew.
S01:E20 - Like Father, Like Son
Martin pays a visit to a tag team of father and son chefs and discusses Dim Sum and the local menu in Toronto’s Chinatown. This episode's recipes include: Wok-Braised Lobster Tails in Creamy Rum Sauce, Steamed Fish with Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy, and Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy in Garlic Soy Sauce.
S01:E21 - Old Timers
“Wo” in Cantonese means harmony or togetherness. Martin illuminates the harmony between generations as he samples classic Chinese dishes in Honolulu, San Francisco and New York and visits a New York Chinatown Senior Centre. This episode's recipes include: Big Pot War Wonton Soup, Velvet Oysters with Ginger-Green Onion Sauce, and Triple-Decker Egg Fu Young.
S01:E22 - Macanese Delights
The Portuguese first set foot on Macau in 1513 and their influence has evolved into a culture called Macanese. Martin visits Macau and tries some Macanese cooking courtesy of Chef Dona Manuela. This episode's recipes include: Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs à la Macau, Macau-Style Stuffed Prawns, and Tamarind Braised Pork.
S01:E23 - Street Wonders
Martin samples the offerings of street vendors in Chinatowns around the world. This episode's recipes include: Cold Peanut Noodles with Chicken, Mandarin Scallion Pancakes, and Wontons in Hot-and-Sour Chilli Sauce.
S01:E24 - Traditional Favorites
Martin introduces Cantonese dishes inspired by the first Chinese settlers in the world’s best known Chinatown in San Francisco. This episode's recipes include: Year of Good Fortune Fish Salad, Trout Stuffed with Fish Mousse, and Cantonese Clay Pot Rice.
S01:E25 - Mr. Fish Head
Martin visits Damenlou or “Big Door” restaurant, the haunt of Singapore’s legendary and beloved character, Mr. Fish Head. This episode's recipes include: Singapore’s Fish Head Soup and Family-Style Fish with Bean Sprouts.
S01:E26 - Happy Tea
Martin, with the help of a few experts, explores the subtleties of Chinese tea, in New York, Yokohama and Singapore. He then takes us on a tour of bake shops in Chinatowns around the world. This episode's recipes include: Pineapple Buns, Sweet Bride’s Delight Cakes, Jade Scallop Dumplings, and Nori-Sesame Shrimp Toasts.