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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.

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.

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.

I live a very low-key life.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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