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
Caramelization with Guest Jody Adams (Episode #1003H)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 -- 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.
Mom & Dad Tsai & Pressure Cookers (Episode #910Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Ming's on top of the world in Napa Valley, affectionately known as the Spring Mountain District where he's joined by his parents, Steven & Iris Tsai. Together they show us the perfect culinary marriage of chicken, duck and wine when they create Coq au Vin and Red Roast Duck with Scallion Pancakes.
Masuhara Morimoto & Lightly Cooked Fish (Episode #909Z)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 -- 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: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 -- 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.
Jason Santos & Pounding Meat (Episode #907Z)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 -- 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.
Rice Pilaf with Guest Ellie Krieger (Episode #1007H)
KQED 9: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
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.
- KQED Life: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Creme Anglaise with Guest Duff Goldman (Episode #1002H)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Ming Tsai is joined by pastry chef extraordinaire - Duff Goldman. Together they show us how to use Creme Anglaise - a key ingredient in every pastry chef's arsenal, and create two delicious desserts: Old School Chocolate Souffle with Creme Anglaise and Vanilla Frozen Custard with Flambeed Berries.
Iris Tsai & Roasting Whole Birds (Episode #906Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 -- 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, Nov 21, 2012 -- 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, Nov 20, 2012 -- 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, Nov 19, 2012 -- 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.
Making Sausage with Guest Chris Cosentino (Episode #1006H)
KQED 9: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
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.
Blanching with Guests Seth & Angela Raynor (Episode #1001H)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
It's all about blanching - the secret to improving color, taste and texture in foods. In the studio Host Ming Tsai cooks on the fly with Nantucket chefs Seth & Angela Raynor. Using the blanching technique and secret ingredients they team up to create two new dishes: Grilled Lobster with Summer Herbed Butter Roasted Potatoes and Fried Pork & Couscous with Peach Sesame Compote.
Andrew Zimmern & Cooking Veggies for Kids (Episode #902Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 -- 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: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 -- 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.
Fish Sauce & Lemons (Episode #826)
KQED Life: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Ken Oringer. One of the main sources of flavor in Southeast Asian cooking is fish sauce with lime. Instead of using limes, Ming pairs fish sauce with lemons to create unique and flavorful dishes. In the kitchen, Ming calls on fish sauce to lend deep flavor to his "All-In-One" Shrimp Scampi. Ming draws inspiration from Blue Ginger's crispy calamari when he prepares a variation on that theme: Crispy Marinated Scallop Coins. Also on the menu are Cucumber and Smoked Salmon Summer Rolls, a delicious spin on the Southeast Asian favorite most commonly prepared with shrimp. Guest Ken Oringer takes us to the Massachusetts coastline where he pulls lobsters to use with today's master pair in his Grilled Lobster with Thai Curry Butter & Grilled Lemons.
Sambal & Dijon (Episode #825)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Andy Husbands. Sambal, a spicy Asian condiment, and Dijon mustard, a classic French favorite, are East-West flavors that have found their way into Ming's favorite dishes. Forget your traditional steak sandwich after Ming puts his spin on the favorite with an "All-In-One" creation: Sliced Hanger Steak and Onion Hoagie. Ming also prepares a Spicy Mustard Crab Dip with Shrimp Crackers and Mustard-Crusted Rabbit with Sambal-Garlic Dipping Sauce. Guest chef Andy Husbands invites us to his Boston restaurant, Tremont 647, and uses Ming's master pair to create Dijon & Sambal Peach BBQ Glazed Pork Skewers, served with his Raspberry Gimlet.
On The Road with Michael Schlow at Tico (Episode #1005H)
KQED 9: Sat, Nov 10, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
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.
Wasabi & Avocado (Episode #824Z)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 9, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chefs: Seth and Angela Raynor. Wasabi and avocado, a mainstay of sushi rolls, are the East-West ingredients worked into Ming's recipes this week. In the kitchen, Ming shares recipes that reflect his former apprenticeship under a great Sushi master in Japan. First up - Ming prepares an enticing Scallop Yakitori with Wasabi-Avocado Dip. He also puts together an easy "All-In-One" dish, Flashed Salmon. Then Ming meets up with long time friends, Nantucket's Pearl chef/owners Seth & Angela Raynor who will be using today's master pair in their Tempura Fried Avocado Tacos with Wasabi Crema.
Ginger & Cream (Episode #823)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 8, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Jasper White. This week, Ming shows us that ginger and cream aren't just for dessert. Ming demonstrates how these two elements can be used in three savory "All-In-One" dishes. Ming prepares Sweet Potato Pot Pie...a vegetarian delight! Ming also makes Chicken and Sweet Potato Pot Pie. Leftovers are used to prepare Sweet Potato Ginger Soup. To satisfy his sweet tooth, Ming makes a quick and delectable dessert, Ginger Tapioca Brulee. Then Ming swings by Cambridge's Summer Shack where Chef Jasper White is cooking his Mussels with Ginger and Cream.
Cilantro & Bacon (Episode #822)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Michael Schlow. For the premiere of his fifth season, Ming stirs things up with a whole new approach to East-West cooking! Making things simpler than ever, Ming focuses on two main ingredients: one East, one West. For this episode, Ming uses cilantro and bacon to grill up a uniquely flavorful dish-Swordfish-Bacon Kebabs with Asian Gremolata, and a Bacon-Cilantro Fried Rice. Ming also spices up the traditional BLT by adding a dash of cilantro mayo. Then Ming meets up with chef/friend, Michael Schlow who uses today's pair in his Slow Roasted Salmon with Brussel Sprout Leaves, Bacon, and Cilantro.
Sake & Black Pepper (Episode #821)
KQED Life: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Chris Schlesinger. The clean zing of sake works well with the rich heat of black pepper. These East-West ingredients show their versatility in Ming's recipes. In the kitchen, Ming creates Broiled Black Peppered Sake Marinated Salmon and Zucchini Spaghetti and Sake-Black Pepper Mussels. For something sweet, Ming cooks up a Sake Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Black Pepper Ice Cream, a unique and delicious dessert. Finally, Ming catches up with Chris Schlesinger who uses today's master pair in his Striped Bass "Poke" with Spicy Black Pepper Dust.
Star Anise & Oranges (Episode #820)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 5, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Patricia Yeo. Star Anise, the fragrant Chinese spice, and Oranges, one of the most widely consumed fruits in the US, is an aromatic East-West ingredient pairing that proves to be very versatile. Ming prepares "All-In-One" Braised Short Ribs with Root Vegetables and Orange Roasted Squab with Star Anise Orange Syrup. Then heads on over to Boston's South End where Ginger Park's Patricia Yeo uses today's master pair on one of Ming's favs- pork belly!
Thickening with Guest Susur Lee (Episode #1004H)
KQED 9: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
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.
Thai Lime Leaves & Shallots (Episode #819)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Skip Bennett and Shore Gregory. In this episode, Ming's menu consists of the East-West duo Thai lime leaves and shallots. In the kitchen, Ming prepares an "All-In-One" Thai Seafood Soup. In addition to the soup, Ming makes flavorful Lime Leaf Shrimp Satays. Forget the traditional buffalo chicken wings - Ming puts his spin on the tasty favorite when he makes Crispy Chicken Wings with Lime Leaf Shallot Chile Sauce. Finally, Ming makes a trip down to Duxbury, Ma to visit Island Creek Oysters' Skip Bennett and Shore Gregory who will preparing....you guessed it, oysters with their Oysters with a Soy-Thai Lime Mignonette.
Lemongrass & Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Episode #818)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Tiffani Faison. Lemongrass is an East ingredient that has a big lemon flavor without the acidity. When paired with Extra Virgin Olive Oil you have a flavor combination that is sure to please the palate. Ming uses lemongrass and EVOO to create two "All-In-One" dishes: Lemongrass Capellini with Clams and Broccoli Rabe, and Lemongrass Marinated Chicken Breasts with Couscous. Rounding out the meal is a simple Arugula Salad with Lemongrass Pecans. Finally, from the original cast of Top Chef and now Boston's Rocca, chef Tiffani Faison takes today's master pair and uses them to create Grilled Dayboat Tuna with Grilled White Eggplant with Vinaigrette in Chili, Lemongrass, Garlic, Olive Oil, Scallion, Opal & Genovese Basils.