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
Mom & Dad Tsai & Pressure Cookers (Episode #910Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 -- 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, Feb 27, 2013 -- 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, Feb 26, 2013 -- 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, Feb 25, 2013 -- 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.
Grilling with Andy Husbands (Episode #1020H)
KQED 9: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Grilling is as American as Apple Pie and on this week's episode, Chef Ming Tsai joins forces with the ultimate master of grilling, author and Boston-based chef - Andy Husbands. Ming and Andy will share their secrets for grilling as they cook on the fly using mystery ingredients and some zesty spices from Ming's pantry. Together they will grill up: a Thai Buffalo Salad and Grilled Mussels and Clams with tomatoes and a Polenta Cake.
On The Road In San Antonio with Chef John Besh (Episode #1015H)
KQED Life: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming heads to the Lone Star State. Joining him is his long time friend Chef John Besh. At Chef Besh's critically acclaimed San Antonio restaurant - Luke. Ming and John will get inspired by fresh ingredients just picked from an area farm and will use them to create two delicious dishes, on the fly, that reflect the spirit and spiciness of San Antonio.
Iris Tsai & Roasting Whole Birds (Episode #906Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 -- 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, Feb 20, 2013 -- 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, Feb 19, 2013 -- 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, Feb 18, 2013 -- 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.
On The Road In Chattanooga (Episode #1019H)
KQED 9: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
On this Southern-inspired episode, Ming Tsai takes us to Chattanooga, Tennessee to learn some of the region's culinary secrets. An up and coming culinary hotspot, Chattanooga has a lot to offer the adventuresome palate. Ming and his local guest chef will explore the local markets and come up with two dishes that are sure to make your mouth water.
- KQED Life: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
On The Road In Chattanooga with Guest Daniel Lindley (Episode #1014H)
KQED Life: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 -- 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.
Andrew Zimmern & Cooking Veggies for Kids (Episode #902Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 -- 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, Feb 13, 2013 -- 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, Feb 12, 2013 -- 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, Feb 11, 2013 -- 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 In San Antonio with Chef Elizabeth Kossick (Episode #1018H)
KQED 9: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
San Antonio is home to one of the country's leading culinary schools - the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) where Ming teams up with the CIA's own Chef Elizabeth Kossick. Working in their unique Latin Kitchen, Ming and Elizabeth use ingredients fresh from Elizabeth's extensive pepper garden. The focus of the dishes will be Peruvian with Ming adding his own personal twist.
Modern Azorean Cuisine (Episode #1013H)
KQED Life: Fri, Feb 8, 2013 -- 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.
Wasabi & Avocado (Episode #824)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 -- 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: Wed, Feb 6, 2013 -- 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: Tue, Feb 5, 2013 -- 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: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 -- 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.
Azores: Eduardo Reis (Episode #1017H)
KQED 9: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Traveling to the Azorean island of Terceira, Ming cooks with a celebrated local chef and learns the history of the very popular dish called Alcatra which is baked in a traditional Azorean wood oven. Influenced by the Portuguese discoverers in the 15th century, this dish is made with fish or beef cooked slowly in a clay pot with bacon, onion, and local spices.
Pan Sauces with Guest Norman Van Aken (Episode #1012H)
KQED Life: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 -- 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.