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
Pan Sauces with Guest Norman Van Aken (Episode #1012H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
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.
Masuhara Morimoto & Lightly Cooked Fish (Episode #909Z)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 28, 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: Thu, Jun 27, 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: Wed, Jun 26, 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.
Iris Tsai & Roasting Whole Birds (Episode #906Z)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 25, 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: Mon, Jun 24, 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.
Azores: Pedro Oliviera (Episode #1011H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jun 22, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
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.
- KQED 9: Sat, Jun 22, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Joanne Chang & Pastry (Episode #904Z)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 21, 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: Thu, Jun 20, 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.
Andrew Zimmern & Cooking Veggies for Kids (Episode #902Z)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 19, 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: Tue, Jun 18, 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: Mon, Jun 17, 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.
Ganache with Guest Joanne Chang (Episode #1010H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
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.
Sambal & Dijon (Episode #825)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 14, 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.
Wasabi & Avocado (Episode #824Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Jun 13, 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, Jun 12, 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, Jun 11, 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, Jun 10, 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.
Omelets with Guest Todd English (Episode #1009H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jun 8, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
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.
- KQED 9: Sat, Jun 8, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Star Anise & Oranges (Episode #820)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 -- 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!
Thai Lime Leaves & Shallots (Episode #819)
KQED Life: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 -- 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: Wed, Jun 5, 2013 -- 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.
Coriander & Fennel (Episode #817)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Jeremy Sewall. The herb coriander is native to Asia, but has become one of the most widely used herbs in the world. Paired with licorice-scented fennel, you've got an aromatic combination of flavors that are unique in any dish. Ming starts the meal by making Crispy Pita Chips with Fennel Fondue followed by Shaved Fennel Salad with Coriander Crusted Ahi Tuna. Finally, guest chef Jeremy Sewell of Boston's Lineage takes today's masters to make New England Shellfish with Toasted Coriander and Fennel.
Tofu & Parsley (Episode #816)
KQED Life: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Guest Chef: Tony Maws. Tofu, one of the most versatile ingredients in the Eastern world, is paired with the Western basic, parsley, to create three "All-In-One" dishes. In this episode, Ming prepares a healthy Layered Salad with Green Goddess Tofu Dressing and uses firm tofu for a Tofu Greek Salad. Ming also makes a flavorful Crispy Tofu and Parsley-Tomato Lavosh Wrap. Finally, Ming and Craigie on Main chef/owner, Tony Maws hit the grill with an appetizer, Grilled Chicken Wings with Tofu-Lemon Marinade, Grilled Lemon and Parsley Salad.
Tenderizing with Guest Jamie Bissonnette (Episode #1008H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
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.
- KQED 9: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 -- 10:00 AM