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
Thai Bird Chiles & Maple Syrup (Episode #815)
KQED Life: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Michael Schlow. Thai bird chile, the pepper that gives much of Asian cooking its heat, is paired with sweet maple syrup to create Ming's East-West recipes this week. In the kitchen, Ming updates his childhood favorite, Piggies-In-A-Blanket, with a touch of spicy heat. For a flavorful "All-In-One" dish, Ming prepares Pork Belly Claypot. Then, using the East-West pair, Ming creates a delicious dessert, Maple Spice Cake with Maple-Thai Bird Cream. Finally, Ming heads over to Boston restaurant, Via Matta where chef/owner Michael Schlow uses today's pair on his Loin of Venison Medallions with Barley, Mushrooms, Maple-Thai Bird Chile Gastrique.
Thai Basil & Parmingiano Reggiano (Episode #814)
KQED Life: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Ken Oringer. Ming's menu showcases the East-West duo of Thai basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano. The versatility of these ingredients is shown when Ming makes Polenta Satays with Thai Basil Pesto and an "All-In-One" Thai Basil-Shrimp Orzo Risotto. Ming also pairs these dishes with a simple "All-In-One" Tomato-Thai Basil Panzanella Salad. Finally, Ming hits the road and joins chef/friend, Ken Oringer on the waters of Scituate, MA where he is cooking up his Thai Style Clams Casino.
Hoisin Sauce and Pizza Dough (Episode #813)
KQED Life: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Susur Lee. Ever since Ming's Grandmother, made him hoisin and chicken pizza when he was a kid, he has adored the combination. And once he really got into cooking, he got loads of creative inspiration from hoisin and pizza dough. Today, Ming shares some of the great results he has achieved with this great East West combo in his Hoisin Leeks and Pork "Pie", and Grilled Hoisin Chicken Sausage and Roasted Bell Pepper Pizza. To cap it off , Ming takes today's twosome and creates a dessert- his Sweet Hoisin-Ginger Fried Dough. Then, great friend and Top Chef Master, Chef Susur Lee joins Ming to take this master pair and creates Beijing Style Chicken and Shrimp, Green Onion hors d' oeuvres.
Spring Roll Wrappers and Pesto (Episode #812)
KQED Life: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Marc Forgione. 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".
Orgaanic Ponzu and Jamon De Fermin (Episode #811)
KQED Life: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Marco Canora. 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. Today, 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.
Rice Pilaf with Guest Ellie Krieger (Episode #1007H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 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.
Chinese Mustard and Creme Fraiche (Episode #810)
KQED Life: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
You probably wouldn't think of Chinese mustard and creme fraiche on the same day, never mind put them in the same dish. But after watching today's show you will most certainly add them to your pantry. Ming will begin by making a fabulous appetizer for any gathering with his Crab "Rangoons" with Mustard Dipping Sauce, followed by two favorites, Oyster Ragout with Mustard Cream and Braised Sake Chicken a la Ming. Finally, show friend, Hungry Mother's Barry Maiden, will give you another reason to put Chinese mustard and creme fraiche on your next shopping list with his Mustard Spiced Pork "Grillades" & Grits.
Maitake Mushrooms and Italian Basil (Episode #809)
KQED Life: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Japan and Italy provide Ming's master pair. Maitake mushrooms and Italian basil are two pantry regulars that are fast becoming favorites. Ming uses them to create a "Confit" Maitake Mushroom Salad with Tomato Carpaccio and Maitake Fettuccine with Basil-Macadamia Nut Pesto. Then, the pair hit Philadelphia with Ming's " Philly Cheese Steak" with Maitake Mushrooms and Yukon Gold Potato Fries. Finally, the great Daniel Bruce of Meritage will join Ming using today's dynamic duo in his Pan Seared Salmon with Maitake, Italian Basil, Sweet Corn and Watercress Sautee.
Ginger & Brown Sugar (Episode #808Z)
KQED Life: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
You can knock on just about any door at the holidays in this country and find today's master ingredients holding court on the sideboard. They met during the days of the spice trade and they haven't been apart since: from the East, ginger and from the West, brown sugar. Ming will pair the two to take on both sweet and savory duty when he makes Wok-stirred Gingered Chicken with Brown Sugar Rice, Flambeed Ginger Peach Sundae with Brown Sugar Cookies and Ginger-Brown Sugar Pound Cake. And as if that weren't enough, Top Chef contender Jody Adams will join Ming to work her magic with ginger and brown sugar in her own dish, Sweet and Sour Ginger Bluefish.
Chinese Rock Candy & Cranberries Script (Episode #807)
KQED Life: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Today's master pair balances the East and the West and creates that beloved flavor combo loved in cuisines the world over-sweet and sour. Ming will be using Chinese rock candy and cranberries to make our own version of that wonderful taste sensation with his Braised Pork Shoulder with Cranberry-Corn Dumplings and fair favorite Crispy Fried Turkey Legs with Cranberry Glaze. He will then use this sweet and sour duo to make a sweet, his Frozen Cranberry Parfait with Rock Candy Crunch. Joining Ming with his own one-pot sweet and sour creation will be the great John Besh from New Orleans with his Wagyu Beef Short Ribs with Cranberry & Rock Candy.
Fermented Black Beans & Ketchup (Episode #806Z)
KQED Life: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Today's master ingredients actually started out in the same place even though they ended up on opposite sides of the globe-fermented black beans and ketchup. Ming takes the pair and combines them to make Stir Fried Pork Chops and Peppers with Spicy Ketchup, a spicy appetizer with his Warm Beef Dip with Crudites and a spin on a classic with his Bacon Wedge with Tropical 1,000 Island Dressing. Joining Ming in the kitchen, Boston talent and Hell's Kitchen finalist, Jason Santos takes Ming's master pair and works it into a into an delicious one pot dish, Seared Duck Breast with Fermented Black Bean and Ketchup Glaze.
Making Sausage with Guest Chris Cosentino (Episode #1006H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 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.
Garlic Chive & Greek Yogurt (Episode #805Z)
KQED Life: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Greek yogurt - it is everyone's go-to snack food. It's delicious and creamy plain, but it's also a natural vehicle for great flavors. Ming will take it and combine it with one of his favorite flavors- Chinese garlic chives, a source of mild garlic flavor to create two great starters, a Blackened Garlic Chive Dip with Whole Wheat Pita Chips, and a Tempura Garlic-Chive Shrimp with Yogurt-Couscous Parfait. For an easy and delicious entree, Ming's Black Peppered Salmon with Cooling Garlic Chive-Cucumber Sauce is a quick and tasty answer to dinner. Then Ming will be visited by pastry chef and restaurateur Joanne Chang who will work garlic chives and Greek yogurt into her own tasty treat, Chinese Shortrib Tacos with Garlic Chive Salsa and Garlicky Yogurt.
Shiso & Tomatoes (Episode #804)
KQED Life: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
When one thinks about the perfect mate for tomatoes, basil always comes to mind. But with today's East-West pair Ming takes flavors a step further and pairs them with basil's Japanese relative- shiso, starting with a soup that shines in the summer- 'Gazpacho' with Shiso Oil. Then Ming reinvents his Italian side with Tomato and Tea Smoked Mozzarella and his Lightest-Ever Olive Oil Angel Hair Pasta. Finally, chef activist, Michel Nischan, will join us to shake things up with his spin on our master pair with his Heirloom Grain "Risotto".
Organic Rice Vinegar & Honey (Episode #803)
KQED Life: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
You've heard the saying, "you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar" Well, forget the flies-you can catch anything if you combine the two of them, because then you get a wonderful, light sweet and sour sauce, especially if you use Asian rice vinegar, as Ming does when he cooks up his Best Ever Baby Back Ribs with Honey-Sesame Glaze, a light Honey Grilled Shrimp with Corn and Jicama Salad, and finally an appetizer that is sure to please, his Sesame Tempura Cod with Honey-Vinegar Dipping Sauce. Then, joining Ming will be the James Beard nominated queens of comfort food, Marilyn and Sheila Brass, who will use today's master pair in their Chicken and Mango Salad with Toasted Cashews.
Chinese Tea & Mint (Episode #802)
KQED Life: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Tea, who doesn't love it? But the tea of Asia combined with the fresh mint tea of the Middle East is a pair that is sure to please. If you've ever had a black tea flavored with mint, you know the two flavors harmonize really well. Ming reaches out to the flavors of Asia and the Middle East as he creates Tea Smoked Split Chicken with Mint Pesto, Tea Braised Lamb Shoulder with Mint Salad, and to wash it down, his Best Ever Mint Iced Tea and "Soju Sweet Tea". Finally, an old friend and great chef, Susur Lee will pay Ming a visit and dessert with his Jasmine Tea and Mint Chocolate Mousse.
Tamari & Chipotle Chiles (Episode #801)
KQED Life: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
You can't beat today's intersection of East and West -Tamari and Chipotle Chiles. With its big dose of umami, that elusive flavor, Ming works wonders from both sides of the globe with his Broiled Chipotle-Tamari Chicken Wings with Zucchini Sticks, Tamari Slow Braised Chipotle Pork Stew, and his Seared Scallops with Chipotle-Soy Syrup and Sweet Potato-Onion Homefries. Finally, from deep in the heart of New Orleans, Chef John Besh takes Ming's master pair down south to make Tamari-Chipotle Glazed Alaskan Kin Salmon with a Chipotle Vinaigrette Salad.
On The Road with Michael Schlow at Tico (Episode #1005H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 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.
On the Road - Boston Vendor Trucks - Mobile Cuisine (Episode #1026H)
KQED Life: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming ventures into the heart of Boston's sophisticated street food scene when he visits four different vendor trucks and tries his own hand at creating the latest sensation in culinary creations. With the help of the vendor chefs, Ming will create a delicious BBQ marinade, his own take on grilled cheese, a unique East-West Vietnamese sandwich and he'll top it all off with a tasting adventure on the cupcake truck!
On the Road in San Antonio with Diana Barrios Trevino (Episode #1024H)
KQED Life: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming joins Chef Diana Barrios Trevino and her family at their famous restaurant, Los Barrios, and learns how to make simple, delicious, flavorful Tex-Mex cuisine right along side Diana and her brother. After "shopping" in the Trevino's family kitchen, Ming comes up with his own take on Tex-Mex cuisine.
Wine & Tapas (Episode #1023H)
KQED Life: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Seafood and the Azores go hand in hand, and Ming gets right into the thick of things when he travels to the beautiful area of Caldeira do Santo Cristo. Here with the help of a local chef, Ming will help harvest limpets and clams to come up with two unique dishes.
Poaching with Guest Jasper White (Episode #1022H)
KQED Life: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
This week it's all about Poaching - a technique that is often forgotten in today's kitchens. To help bring poaching back into favor, Ming teams up with friend and celebrated chef, Jasper White. Together they demonstrate how poaching preserves moisture and texture while adding flavor and no fat. Ming and Jasper also serve up two tasty dishes: Striped Bass Poached in Saffron Broth with Fennel and Potatoes and a Salad Lyonaise with Red Wine Poached Eggs.
On the Road in San Antonio with Chef Johnny Hernandez (Episode #1021H)
KQED Life: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming travels "south of the border" when he visits the hacienda of Johnny Hernandez, one of San Antonio's most popular chefs. Together Johnny and Ming shop at a local Latin market where they look for inspiration and fresh ingredients. Back home at Johnny's, Ming and Johnny chop, dice, and grill two fabulous Latin-inspired dishes.
Thickening with Guest Susur Lee (Episode #1004H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 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.
- KQED 9: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Fish Broth (Episode #1025H)
KQED Life: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Soup is on the menu in this episode that goes on the road to the Azores. Stopping off at the Island of Pico - Ming learns the secret behind a famous national soup that is centuries old and treasured by those who live on all 9 of the Azorean islands. Ming also goes fishing for some select local seafood and uses it to create his own twist on this savory dish. Joining Ming will be a local restaurateur who will also introduce us to other delicacies of the Azores like local wines, figs, and cheeses.
Grilling with Andy Husbands (Episode #1020H)
KQED Life: Thu, May 2, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
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 Chattanooga (Episode #1019H)
KQED Life: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
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.