Ironically, Americans tend to complicate their lives in an effort to simplify them. In this series, chef Ming Tsai helps make the yearning for a more manageable lifestyle a reality. Tsai, experienced in classical French, new American and Pan-Asian cuisine, provides a repertoire of very simple recipes which viewers can integrate into numerous dishes. Each of his flavor-packed sauces, salsas, pastes, rubs, stocks, syrups and doughs consists of fewer than seven ingredients, and each requires no more than 20 minutes to prepare.
Simply Ming Previous Broadcasts
Ivan Orkin (Episode #1310H)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 24, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
This week on Simply Ming, it's time for two new twists on surf & turf! Ming upgrades a classic, making a flavorful shrimp, beef and broccoli spooned over a tasty brown and white rice mix. Zagat favorite Ivan Orkin joins him in the kitchen to put together a distinctive meal of Romanian steak served on crispy shrimp toasts.
Joanne Chang (Episode #1309H)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 23, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
When Boston's "best pastry chef" is on Simply Ming, it's time for dessert! Joanne Chang from Flour bakeries and Myers and Chang, joins Ming to make four scrumptious berry dishes. From a honey champagne sabayon parfait to a strawberry ginger kir royale, each dish is quick, easy, and absolutely exquisite.
Michael Schlow (Episode #1308H)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 22, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Pasta is a worldwide staple, adaptable to the cuisine of almost any country! Chef Michael Schlow, owner of Tico in Boston and DC, makes the quintessentially Roman spaghetti amatriciana, while Ming creates a savory black bean pork chow mein. One ingredient, two dishes, this week on Simply Ming!
California - Roy Choi (Episode #1314H)
KQED 9: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
While in LA, Ming stops by the chat with praised local chef Roy Choi. Roy takes Ming on a ride in one of his popular food trucks while they cook up some daring cuisine. All that and more, this week on Simply Ming!
Cooking at Home - Miso (Episode #1120H)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
On the Road in Japan, Chef Ming Tsai sees first hand how Japan's famous miso is made as he visits one of the oldest miso factories still operating in Japan. Back in the kitchen, Ming learns miso cooking techniques from one of his college friends and her mother who share their secrets of cooking with miso, this week on Simply Ming..
Ken Oringer (Episode #1307H)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 18, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
There's more than one way to make risotto-style pasta - and this week on Simply Ming, we'll show you two! Boston legend Ken Oringer joins Ming in the loft to make a decadent fideua, while Ming revolutionizes risotto by using toasted barley and adding a sumptuous ratatouille.
Matt Jennings (Episode #1306H)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Tuna is on the grill this week on Simply Ming! Matt Jennings, four-time James Beard nominee, joins Ming around the barbeque to feast on this highly sustainable fish. While Matt makes a decadent strawberry salsa rresca for his grilled fish, Ming creates a lightly seared tuna tataki that is paired with a refreshing lemongrass gremolata.
Todd English (Episode #1305H)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 16, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
This week on Simply Mingrenowned chef Todd English shows us how to make pizza - on the grill! Todd opts for a pizza with fontina fonduta, meatball ribbons, shaved artichokes and Heirloom pomodoro fresco. Meanwhile, Ming shakes things up with a scallion pancake pizza topped with spicy chicken.
Jamie Bissonnette (Episode #1304H)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Today on Simply Ming, Ming is cooking at home with Jamie Bissonnette, James Beard award-winning chef. Both chefs take on rice, creating two amazing dishes from one simple ingredient! Ming uses crispy chicken sausage and scallions to create a flavorful spin on classic fried rice, while Jamie creates a savory paella from seasonal ingredients.
Mom & Dad 2 (Episode #1313H)
KQED 9: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
It's a family affair this week when Ming's mom and dad are back to show their son a thing or two in the kitchen! Two great home-cooked meals are on the stove as Ming, his mom and dad chop, dice, saute and fry their way through family stories and shared jokes, this week on Simply Ming.
Mom and Dad - Show Two (Episode #1119H)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 12, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Ming is joined by his Mom and Dad to cook some of their favorite dishes.
Tiffani Faison (Episode #1303H)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Top Chef all-star Tiffani Fasion stops by the loft kitchen to make savory pancakes, this week on Simply Ming! Tiffani starts off with Banh Xeo - a Vietnamese fried pancake loaded with shrimp. Ming follows up with a clam okonomyyaki- a Japanese savory pancake topped with a variety of ingredients.
Ed Lee (Episode #1302H)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
This week it's all about steak in Ming's loft kitchen! Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia stops by to grill up a rich rib eye with spicy gochujang butter, while Ming whips up a delicious shitake-umami glazed steak. Two different tastes, one spectacular cut of beef, this week on Simply Ming!
Carla Hall (Episode #1301H)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 9, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
This week, Top Chef All Star and host of The Chew, Carla Hall stops by Ming's loft kitchen. Carla goes back to her Tennessee roots with country greens, tangy chow-chow pickles, and hot water corn bread, while Ming pulls out the pressure cooker to whip up a hearty red roast pork. East meets South with these chefs' favorite dishes, this week on Simply Ming!
Spaghetti East Western (Episode #1226H)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 8, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Ming and Evan Dulety share spaghetti recipes from their respective backgrounds, showcasing flavors of Asia and Southern Europe. Ming makes Asian spaghetti with flavors of pork, ginger, and garlic while Evan makes a classic Bolognese with a mix of protein, carrots, celery and tomato sauce. Both dishes remind us why we love pasta so much: it's easy, flexible and soaks in immense flavor.
Mom & Dad 1 (Episode #1312H)
KQED 9: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
What's better than one Chef Tsai? How about three! This week, Ming's mom and dad stop by to show who knows best when it comes to home cooking. With two delicious comfort food recipes to choose from, it's a Simply Ming to remember.
Mom and Dad - Show One (Episode #1118H)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 5, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Ming is joined by his Mom and Dad to cook some of their favorite dishes.
All-In-One Satisfying Steak Dinners (Episode #1225H)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 4, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Nothing is better than a one-pot chicken dish - except a one pan steak dinner. Luckily, you don't have to buy prime rib or fillet to enjoy mouthwatering, tender steak at home. Ming recreates his father's Mongolian Beef and shows you how to flash fry your meat to seal in flavor. Then, Boston's beloved Lydia Shire makes a Swiss Steak from chuck steak that will melt in your mouth. Lots of flavor, little clean-up.
Let Them Eat Fish Cakes (Episode #1224H)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 3, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
If you grew up near a coast, you've longed for summer so you could enjoy a seaside favorite: fish cakes. Fish cakes are made with a variety of fish, sauces and ingredients. Today we learn two ways to make the summer classic. First Ming makes Salmon Cakes with Fennel Salad, using the freshest salmon, and then Mark Gaier and Clark Fraiser make Cod Cakes with Tartar Sauce.
Dumplings - All The World Loves A Dumpling (Episode #1223H)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 2, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Ming serves something that brings families together, the dumpling. Between making the filling and shaping the pot stickers, there's something for everyone to do in the kitchen and it's a fun activity that can unite a household. Ming makes his Ginger Pork Dumplings with Dim Sum Dipper and Candice Kumai drops in to show off her Japanese and Polish roots with her own gyoza. She also makes a tasty and nutritious matcha tea smoothie, not to be missed.
Sunday in the Park with Ming and Skip (Episode #1222H)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 1, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
We prepare dishes for the ultimate summer pass time - cook outs! Cook outs are all about summer and family and signature dishes brought to the table, including some flavorful, chilled salads. Ming and Professor Henry Louis Gates talk ancestry while Ming breaks out a family recipe for Sesame Noodle Cucumber Salad that goes back to 2800 BC. Professor Gates then whips up Aunt Marguerite's Famous Potato Salad, a hearty classic.