Happy end of the weekend! To make this sad time more bearable, we’re bringing you a new, awesome YouTube channel to subscribe to. Generasian’s very own Patrick Yan (Editor-in-Chief ‘12-’13) has started an Asian cooking channel, YanYum!
We were able to ask him a few questions about the whole experience, so check it out!
Of course, to start things off, we asked if there was anything he wanted to say to everyone:
Work to live, and live to eat. Never the reverse!
Why did you start a YouTube channel?
I had always posted lots of photos of my cooking on Instagram (@patrickyan). One day, someone commented asking how to make Tomato and Eggs. I replied with a brief how to, but text-only recipes can sometimes be unhelpful. I had experience filming and editing, so I thought starting a YouTube channel would be a great way to share my cooking with the world.
What goes into the process of making the video?
First and most importantly, I decide what to make. I have a list of requests, but when I’m not doing a request it can be difficult for me to choose what to make. I like all the food I make, but others may not. Then I shoot the video as I cook on a normal day. After filming, I write and record the voiceovers, edit the video, and add subtitles in Korean and Chinese. Finally, I promote my video on various social media sites.
What is your favorite Asian restaurant in the NYU area?
Special occasion: Bohemian. It’s pretty expensive and hidden away, but it’s an unique and exquisite experience.
Everyday: Sobaya. Must try for noodle lovers, ramen haters, and healthy eaters. Go during lunch for killer combo set menus.
Every meal: Ootoya (new location just opened on 11th st). Huge set menus. Best combo of variety and authentic Japanese food that you can’t find anywhere else in NYC.
What are some of your other favorite chef YouTubers?
Cooking with Dog: A cute dog and old lady introduce real Japanese recipes, presented neatly.
honeykki (꿀키): Focused more on the food than the recipe. Her videos also incorporate the food porn and mokbang (먹방) trends.
So if you’re searching for a new YouTube user to get obsessed with, look no further! Whether you’re trying to whip up a quick tomato and eggs or you want to impress your friends and family with some delicious Chinese dumplings (or if you’re like me and can’t cook and you just like to watch videos with great aesthetics), be sure to subscribe to YanYum.