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
Making Sausage with Guest Chris Cosentino (Episode #1006H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
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.
On The Road with Michael Schlow at Tico (Episode #1005H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
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.
Thickening with Guest Susur Lee (Episode #1004H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
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.
Reconstituting with Guest Gordon Hamersley (Episode #1016H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jul 27, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Drying foods to keep them preserved is a technique that dates back hundreds of years. Ming Tsai and special guest Gordon Hamersley show how the technique of reconstituting - bringing a dried ingredient back to life by simply adding liquid - can be used to cook up two unique dishes: Salt Cod with Pasta and English Peas and Chicken Stir-fry with Wood Ear, Fermented Black Beans and Wasabi Yogurt.
Caramelization with Guest Jody Adams (Episode #1003H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 -- 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.
Creme Anglaise with Guest Duff Goldman (Episode #1002H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 -- 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.
Blanching with Guests Seth & Angela Raynor (Episode #1001H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 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.
Dante Demagistris & Garlic (Episode #926Z)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Everyone loves garlic, but if you don't handle it properly, it can take you to the culinary dark side-whether undercooked or overcooked. Ming zeros in on prepping garlic the right way. Joined by Boston chef Dante De Magistris, Ming uses garlic and some mystery ingredients to create two new dishes on the spot, Beef and Broccolini Stir Fry with Mango Puree and Basil Ricotta Gnocchi with Shrimp and Asparagus.
Shermay Lee & Peranakan Cooking (Episode #925Z)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming explores Peranakan cooking in Singapore with chef and cookbook author Shermay Lee whose cooking is living proof that grandmothers know best. Sharing with Ming her grandmother's decades old recipe for a traditional dish, Shermay takes us, and Ming, on a culinary adventure. From finding ingredients in an outdoor market to using her family's timeworn mortar and pestle, this episode highlights the culinary history and the exotic flavors found only in Singapore.
On The Road In San Antonio with Chef John Besh (Episode #1015H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
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.
- KQED Life: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Blue Ginger Chefs (Episode #924Z)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming takes us behind-the-scenes to meet his James Beard Award-Winning Blue Ginger Team. Putting his own chefs to the challenge with surprise ingredients and a visit to his studio pantry, Ming and company cook up three separate dishes fit for a king.
Andre Chiang & Cooking with Our Senses (Episode #923Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
We have all heard the saying " you eat with your eyes" - well on this week's episode, Michelin Star Chef Andre Chiang of Singapore's famous Restaurant Andre, shows us what this really means. Shopping at one of the city's well-known wet markets, Ming and Andre find inspiration in pristine, fresh ingredients that they use to create two memorable culinary creations.
Charles Phan & Wok-Stirring (Episode #922Z)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
The wok- there's a reason why everyone from college students to Italian chefs have one of these in their kitchen. Stir-frying is a technique that can be your best friend when you need to cook on the fly, which is exactly what Ming is doing on this episode. He'll enlist the help of Charles Phan, the chef who put great Vietnamese food on the map in San Francisco. Together they'll create two new wok-stirred dishes on the spot, Sweet and Sour Clams with Plums and Cucumbers and a Classic Lemongrass Chicken.
Samson Chan & Shellfish (Episode #921Z)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 16, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming meets up with Chef Samson Chan, the mastermind behind one of Singapore's favorite restaurants, Barnacles. Together they shop for some great living treasures from the South China Sea at Grand Atlantic Fishery. Bringing back the freshest seafood to Chef Samson's restaurant for an afternoon of cooking on the fly, they'll show us how easy it is too cook with the shell on!
Michael Ruhlman & Salt (Episode #920Z)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Seasoning with salt. What could be simpler, right? Wrong! Think about how many meals you've had that were either too salty or under-seasoned! Ming is zeroing in on a technique that is critical to successful cooking if done with a gentle hand. Joining him is the perfect man for the job, the ultimate scrutinizer of cooking techniques, author and chef Michael Ruhlman.
On The Road In Chattanooga with Guest Daniel Lindley (Episode #1014H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
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.
Janice Wong & Desserts (Episode #919Z)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 12, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Dessert before dinner? Absolutely! It's all the rage at Singapore's 2am Dessert Bar. Ming and Chef Janice Wong, travel to the outskirts of the city to find inspiration at Oh Farms. With a bag-full of delicious edible flowers and greens, they head back to 2am Dessert Bar where they each whip up a delicious dessert that is not only a feast for the stomach but also the eyes.
Dennis Lee & Cooking with the Binchotan (Episode #918Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 11, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Sitting by the dock of the bay at San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Ming shows viewers some of the city's best street food. Gone are the days of hot dogs, pretzels and fried dough. In their place you'll now find restaurant quality food in the form of Korean tacos, wood fired pizzas and Roti. Ming visits Dennis Lee, chef/owner of Namu at his Korean Street Food Cart to try some amazing Korean food. Back at Namu's restaurant kitchen Ming and Dennis try their hand at cooking on the fly when they come up with their own versions of modern day street fare.
The Pallotta Sisters & Infusing Flavor Into Pasta (Episode #917Z)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Chefs from Asia to Italy agree the best way to infuse noodles with flavor is to saute them. It's a critical step many home cooks skip. Ming and his guests, The Pallotta Sisters, focus on that technique. The Pallotta sisters, who serve up countless platters of delicious pasta in Boston's North End, work with Ming to create Stir Fry of Wonton Noodles with Scallops and Bacon with an Arugula, Radicchio Pine Nut Salad and Cioppino.
Damian D'silva & Authentic Singapore Cuisine (Episode #916Z)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 9, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming is granted privileged access to the home kitchen of Singapore Chef Damian D'Silva. Damian is a fixture on the Singapore culinary scene, where he is bringing back centuries old culinary traditions. Using surprise ingredients from a local open market, Ming and Damian cook up some traditional ethnic cuisine - on the fly - in Damian's home kitchen.
Jamie Bissonnette & Breaking Down A Chicken (Episode #915Z)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 8, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming shows you one of his top techniques for a home cook to master, breaking down a chicken. "Buying a whole bird is so much cheaper than chicken parts", says Ming. With the help of Boston Chef Jamie Bissonnette, a nose to tail specialist, Ming shows viewers how much more mileage you can get out of a whole bird. Together, these two master chefs come up with some creative ways to use chicken - like roast chicken breast with Kimchee braised wings.
Modern Azorean Cuisine (Episode #1013H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
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.
- KQED Life: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Julio Bermejo & Cooking with Spirits (Episode #914Z)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
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.
Bryan Caswell & Filleting Fish (Episode #913Z)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 4, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
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.
Kf Seetoh & Street Hawker Food (Episode #912Z)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Ming Tsai tours the famous hawker stalls of Singapore and experiences the myriad of tastes that Singapore street food has to offer. After trying the best of the best,Ming and KF Seetoh make their own version of their favorite street food right in the middle of all the action - on the fly in Singapore.
Jody Adams & Pan Roasting (Episode #911Z)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 2, 2013 -- 3:00 PM
Pan roasting is a technique used all the time in restaurants-you start searing something on the stove, and finish it off in the oven. Ming shows you a favorite technique that all home chefs should add to their repertoire. It's easy, saves time in the kitchen, and guarantees great flavor. Joining Ming is Boston's own, Jody Adams. Together they cook on the fly whipping up Pan-Roasted Chicken with Orzo Sausage Risotto & Chinese Mushrooms and Pan Roasted Halibut with Eggplant Caponata.
Mom & Dad Tsai & Pressure Cookers (Episode #910Z)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 1, 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.