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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soy sauce is really a multi-purpose seasoning.
I have a lot of cooking tools. In fact I have a whole drawer full of knives. Cooking tools, especially cutlery, are my toys.
Why is America such a great country. It is because we stand united.
I don't like to waste anything. Any food left over from the night before is always eaten the next day.
In general I love to eat anything. I enjoy anything that is well prepared, a good spaghetti, lasagna, taco, steak, sushi, refried beans.
First of all, I can't really claim to be a great chef.
I can represent my culture while helping not only the Chinese-American community, but also the community at large.
I normally don't eat junk food.
You don't have to show people how successful you are.
The hoopla, the applause, the praises have never excited me.
You can do almost anything with soup stock, it's like a strong foundation. When you have the right foundation, everything tastes good.
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.
I am just a normal professional with a great job and a great life.
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.
At thirteen, when I arrived in Hong Kong after leaving China, I made a living by working in a restaurant.
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.
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.
I think being famous is more of a hindrance, a constraint, than just letting yourself be free.
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