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
Australian Beef with Mark Best (Episode #1211H)
KQED Life: Fri, Dec 19, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Good day mates! This episode goes on the road to Sydney, Australia where we explore the wonderful flavors of Australia's spectacular Wagyu beef. One of Australia's best chefs, Chef Mark Best, joins Ming and cooks up a Seared Wagyu with Beetroot and Radicchio Kimchee. Ming then creates a magnificent Wagyu Tataki with Thai Basil Chile Pesto and Rice Noodle Stir-Fry. Australian beef, where else but in Australia - on this special episode.
On The Road In Chattanooga with Guest Daniel Lindley (Episode #1014H)
KQED Life: Thu, Dec 18, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Ming goes where he's never gone before as he heads south to Chattanooga, Tennessee to cook with renowned local chef, Daniel Lindley of St. John's Restaurant. Together they shop for inspiration at local Chattanooga markets to come up with two distinct dishes that call upon the region's heritage and culinary uniqueness.
Modern Azorean Cuisine (Episode #1013H)
KQED Life: Wed, Dec 17, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Steeped in tradition, the islands that make up the Azores are rich with culinary traditions that will be shared as Simply Ming goes "on the road". Ming shops in a local market where he discovers the vast array of local fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. He joins a celebrated chef from the cooking school on the island of Sao Miguel, and together the two cook on the fly using their market ingredients to come up with dishes that reflect Azorean culinary traditions but with a modern day twist.
Pan Sauces with Guest Norman Van Aken (Episode #1012H)
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Front and center on this week's episode are Pan Sauces - an easy way to use what's right in your pan to create great flavor. Joining Ming in the kitchen to demonstrate this indispensable culinary technique is Chef Norman Van Aken. Together they cook on the fly using surprise ingredients and Ming's East-West pantry to create: Pan Seared Steak, Beet Salad and Hash Browns and Pork Chop, Kimchee-Kale Pan Sauce and Sweet Potato Cake.
Azores: Pedro Oliviera (Episode #1011H)
KQED Life: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Simply Ming is on the road traveling to the exotic Azores to learn how to make one of the region's most famous dishes - Cozida - a one-pot meal that's literally cooked underground by the Earth's volcanic heat. Rising to the challenge, Ming also serves us his own take on this national dish.
Shrimp & Garlic: Compass-Wide Comfort Combo (Episode #1210H)
KQED Life: Fri, Dec 12, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
We explore a comfort food from the sea: shrimp. Shrimp absorbs flavors beautifully and there are many flavors that compliment it but garlic is one of the best. Ming prepares Sauteed Shrimp with Garlic Black Pepper Sauce over rice. Chef and author Matt Goulding then adds some Spanish flair to the kitchen with his Gambas al Ajillo, his Spanish wife's favorite comfort food. Delicioso y perfeccion.
Ganache with Guest Joanne Chang (Episode #1010H)
KQED Life: Thu, Dec 11, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Learn the art of making ganache, the simple mixture of chocolate and cream that's the heart of so many great desserts. Ming is joined by the James Beard nominated chef, Joanne Chang who shows how ganache can be whipped up into two mouth watering desserts: Chocolate Mousse Napoleon and Flourless Rum Nut Chocolate Cake.
Omelets with Guest Todd English (Episode #1009H)
KQED Life: Wed, Dec 10, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
The secret to making the perfect omelet - that's what's up on this week's episode. Host Ming Tsai teams up with friend and celebrity chef, Todd English who share techniques from their French culinary training and create two delectable dishes: a Shitake Omelet with Crab Salad and Arugula Sauce and a Vidalia Onion Omelet with Lox Orecciette Pasta and Avocado-Cucumber Salsa.
Tenderizing with Guest Jamie Bissonnette (Episode #1008H)
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Tenderizing - a culinary technique that helps meat, chicken and fish absorb all the wonderful flavors of your favorite marinades. Joining Ming in the kitchen is Chopped Champion - Chef Jamie Bissonnette. Together Ming and Jamie cook on the fly using mystery ingredients and zesty spices to come up with two tender recipes: a Tellegio Kimchee Steak Bomb and a Trio of Halibut New Style Sashimi.
Rice Pilaf with Guest Ellie Krieger (Episode #1007H)
KQED Life: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Cooking on the fly with Ming is Chef Ellie Krieger. Ellie, hailed as an expert on all things healthy, teams up with Ming showing how Rice Pilaf, along with some surprise ingredients and special spices from Ming's pantry are brought together to create: Toasted Garlic Quinoa and Coriander Crusted Chicken and Spicy Shrimp over Preserved Lemon Pilaf.
Not Andy Warhol's Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese (Episode #1209H)
KQED Life: Fri, Dec 5, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
On a cold day, is there anything better than grilled cheese with tomato soup? Cheese singles and canned tomato soup have held places on families' shelves for decades, but on this episode, the old classic gets a modern, gourmet twist. Ming makes a smooth, fresh Indonesian Tomato Soup to pair with Cortney Burns' Farmer's Cheese on Grilled Bread. Instead of using sliced cheese, Cortney will show you how to make your own farmer's cheese at home! This may become your new favorite comfort food.
Making Sausage with Guest Chris Cosentino (Episode #1006H)
KQED Life: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
How to grind your own meat and make your own sausage with the help of a man who can teach most butchers a thing or two, Chef Chris Cosentino. Ming and Chris cook on the fly together creating two very different dishes: San Francisco Sausage and Peppers and Chicken Mushroom Sausage Patties with Orange Snow Pea Salad.
On The Road with Michael Schlow at Tico (Episode #1005H)
KQED Life: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Buying local and buying fresh are key to great cooking. Chef Ming Tsai and longtime friend Boston Chef, Michael Schlow, go to Boston City Hall Plaza Farmer's Market for a little inspiration and then head back to Chef Schlow's restaurant, Tico, where they cook up two mouth-watering dishes: Red Tape Steak and a Double Lamb Chop with Pea Shoot-Beet Salad.
Thickening with Guest Susur Lee (Episode #1004H)
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
The key to making sauces - thickening. Ming demonstrates how to make a reduction and a roux. And joining him in the kitchen is Top Chef Masters culinary sensation, Susur Lee. Together Ming and Susur will cook on the fly, using mystery ingredients and the technique of thickening to serve up two tasty dishes: Chinese-Style Paella and Seared Chicken Breast Orzo Risotto with Endive Caper Salad.
Caramelization with Guest Jody Adams (Episode #1003H)
KQED Life: Mon, Dec 1, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Caramelization - a technique that enhances both savory and sweet cooking. Done right it enhances a dish, and done wrong will turn it bitter. Joining Ming in the kitchen is Chef Jody Adams. Together they cook on the fly creating: Scallops with Curried Gooseberries and Loin Lamb Chops with Plums.