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
Masuhara Morimoto & Lightly Cooked Fish (Episode #909Z)
KQED Life: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Ming Tsai is back in beautiful Napa Valley visiting his good friend, Iron Chef Morimoto who, of course, knows how to demonstrate how to work his magic with all things fish. Morimoto shows us how to first break down a fish and then cook it to maintain its pristine flavor.
Michael Schlow & Butterflying (Episode #908Z)
KQED Life: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
If you're a home cook, you may think the culinary technique of butterflying is something better left to those in white jackets. As Ming demonstrates, it's actually a straightforward technique that's great for speeding up cooking time and offering many more options when you're cooking on the fly. Ming, along with his pal, Chef Michael Schlow, show you just how easy it is, creating two delicious new dishes together: Crispy Potato Shrimp with Warm Pineapple Salsa and Pork Chops a la Nonna.
Julio Bermejo & Cooking with Spirits (Episode #914Z)
KQED 9: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
We all love cooking with wine but how about using spirits? Ming shows how as he cooks with tequila. He'll be joined by longtime friend, Julio Bermejo, the tequila master at Tommy's in San Francisco. Looking for inspiration Julio and Ming explore amazing food stalls at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market before heading back to Tommy's to cook on the fly.
Jason Santos & Pounding Meat (Episode #907Z)
KQED Life: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Ming demonstrates one of the best ways to give home chefs more options with meat and fish - by pounding.Pounding tenderizes the meat, makes it thinner for faster cooking, and makes food go farther. Using this technique with some mystery ingredients, Chef Jason Santos of Boston's Blue Inc., joins Ming to cook on the fly and invent two completely new dishes: New Style Sashimi with Soy-Lemon Syrup & Curry-Coriander Oil and Buttermilk Fried Pork Loin with a Heirloom Tomato Salad.
Iris Tsai & Roasting Whole Birds (Episode #906Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Ming drops into the heart of Napa Valley, where some of the best grapes are grown, producing some of the best wines around. He is joined in the kitchen by his mom, Iris Tsai. Together they cook on they fly, showing how to master cooking whole birds on the grill. And where better to pair wines with their dishes than in Napa? Veteran wine-maker Chris Howell, joins Ming and his Mom at Cain Vineyard where he shows them how he blends boutique red wines that match perfectly with the dishes they've grilled up: Tea-Smoked Whole Duck and Tea-Smoked Marinated Chicken.
Jonathan Waxman & Oven-Roasting Vegetables (Episode #905Z)
KQED Life: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Ming demonstrates how one of the best ways to cook vegetables is to roast them because it concentrates their flavor. And for guest chef Jonathan Waxman, one of the godfathers of New American Cuisine, exalting great ingredients is what it's all about. Together, Ming and Jonathan, draw inspiration from mystery ingredients and the fantastic technique of oven roasting to create two delicious recipes: Spicy Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast with Baby Cauliflower and Potatoes and Macadamia Duck with Roasted Vegetables Waxman Style.
Joanne Chang & Pastry (Episode #904Z)
KQED Life: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
If you ever thought you couldn't bake because it requires precision, you are not alone. Ming shows how grasping one small but important rule can allow viewers to bake countless desserts with just a few ingredients in quantities you can eyeball. Joining Ming, fabulous Boston baker, Joanne Chang, proves you don't need recipes to make amazing desserts on the fly.
Masuhara Morimoto & Sushi (Episode #903Z)
KQED Life: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Ming is on the road and heading to Napa Valley. Learn how to make sushi from the master, Iron Chef Morimoto, when Ming stops in at his downtown Napa Valley Restaurant. Together the chefs take us through Sushi 101. With perfectly cooked and seasoned rice, fresh farm produce from Napa Valley, and pristine fish - they come up with Ming's Omusubi with Alaskan Crab Salad and Morimoto's Sashimi Salad.
Bryan Caswell & Filleting Fish (Episode #913Z)
KQED 9: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
Do you know what to do when your kid or a friend brings you a whole fish? Well, Ming is going to show you how to break down that tasty fresh filet the right way! And waiting in the wings joining Ming, is Houston's Chef Bryan Caswell. Working together with the surprise catch of the day, and ingredients from Ming's pantry, they create two delicious dishes on the fly: Tea-Smoked Trout with Thai Cucumber Tomato Salad and Crispy-Skin Snapper with Fennel & Swiss Chard Agro Dolce.
Rocky Mountaineer (Episode #1123H)
KQED 9: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer!! Chef Ming Tsai goes on the road in Canada in this special episode of Simply Ming. Cooking on the move, Ming travels across British Columbia to experience the best of Canadian cuisine with Rocky Mountaineer Chef Jeanne Pierre Guerin.
Andrew Zimmern & Cooking Veggies for Kids (Episode #902Z)
KQED Life: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Does your kid turn up his nose when certain green foods cross his sight line? Vegetables can make some kids turn and run for the hills before they even give them a chance. Ming joins forces with a man who specializes in close encounters with icky foods to help make "weird" vegetables more appealing to kids. Andrew Zimmern, Mr. Bizzare Foods himself, joins Ming to cook two new dishes your kids will devour: Turkey Spring Rolls with Hoisin-Lime Dipping Sauce with Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Mixed Vegetables and Tofu with a Miso Sabayon.
Jacques Pepin & Paner (Episode #901Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
You know a cooking technique is a true classic when it can be found around the world. The French call it "paner a l'anglaise." Ming and his guest, the great man himself, Jacques Pepin show you the technique. Watch as they cook on the fly together, using the paner technique and our mystery ingredients to launch two new dishes: Panko-Crusted Butter Fish with Wasabi-Avocado Cream & Mango and Paner au Beurre Turkey with Mushroom Ratatouille.
Spring Roll Wrappers and Pesto (Episode #1128H)
KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Both the East and the West have versatile ingredients that really deserve to be given the opportunity to spread their wings. For example, spring roll wrappers can do much more than contain fillings and pesto rates more partners than pasta. So today Ming will bring these two together with some "out of the box" recipes including Pesto Chicken and Spinach Spring rolls, Tomato and Cucumber Napoleon and then an easy delicious Italian Sausage and Reggiano "Pan Pizza". Finally, New York chef, Marc Forgione joins Ming and takes this pair to a whole new level with his Tomato Soup with Basil Marinated Cherry Tomatoes and Spicy Spring Roll "Crouton".
Organic Ponzu and Jamon De Fermin (Episode #1127H)
KQED Life: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
During a recent trip to Spain, Ming fell in love with ham- and not just any ham, but the most luscious, silky ham he ever tasted-jamon iberico de Fermin. On today's SIMPLY MING, Ming takes his new love and pairs it with an old favorite in his pantry- ponzu. That tangy citrus condiment from Japan heads to Europe to start today's meal with Ming's Fennel Salad on Jamon 'Carpaccio'. A never fail dish that can work as both an appetizer or a side is next on the menu as Ming shows us his Jamon Wrapped Asparagus with Ponzu Syrup. Then, Ming takes his master duo on holiday to France with his Seared Jamon Wrapped Chicken Breast with Ponzu Glazed Melon de Cavaillion Finally, fellow fan of today's master pair, Chef Marco Canora of Hearth Restaurant joins Ming's dynamic duo in his Linguini with Ponzu Steamed Clams and Crispy Jamon.
Einat Admony & Purees (Episode #1126H)
KQED Life: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
Purees used to be synonymous with baby food. Not anymore! On this episode of Simply Ming, we show you how to make purees explode with texture and flavor, especially in the hands of Chef Einat Admony, who mixes it up with Ming this week on Simply Ming.