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.
Carla Hall (#1301H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week, Top Chef All Star and host of The Chew, Carla Hall stops by Ming's loft kitchen. Carla goes back to her Tennessee roots with country greens, tangy chow-chow pickles, and hot water corn bread, while Ming pulls out the pressure cooker to whip up a hearty red roast pork. East meets South with these chefs' favorite dishes, this week on Simply Ming!
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Rakutaian-Kobe (#1121H) Duration: 27:00 STEREO TVG
Anyone who goes to Japan knows about Kobe beef, that wonderful marbled beef found in only one small region in Japan. Chef Ming Tsai goes on the road to find out why this beef is so special - and then cooks at one of the best beef restaurants in Osaka, Rakutaian.
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Sake/Yonemura (#1122H) Duration: 27:27 STEREO TVG
On the Road in Japan, Chef Ming Tsai goes to the Sake Brewery in Nara, Japan to discover the wonders of sake. Then Ming returns to the kitchen to cook with sake with Chef Masayasu Yomemura at Restaurant Yonemura.
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Rocky Mountaineer (#1123H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer!! Chef Ming Tsai goes on the road in Canada in this special episode of Simply Ming. Cooking on the move, Ming travels across British Columbia to experience the best of Canadian cuisine with Rocky Mountaineer Chef Jeanne Pierre Guerin.
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Calgary (#1124H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Get a taste of the West as Ming travels on the road to Calgary, Alberta. Ming and his team travel to the Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch where he joins chef Allistair Barnes in cooking elk and bison, grown on the ranch.
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Ellie Krieger and Better Burgers (#1125H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Want to eat more burgers? Chef Ellie Krieger makes that easy! Joining forces with Host Ming Tsai the two cook up some lighter, even tastier burgers on the fly, this week on Simply Ming.
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Einat Admony & Purees (#1126H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Purees used to be synonymous with baby food. Not anymore! We show you how to make purees explode with texture and flavor, especially in the hands of Chef Einat Admony, who mixes it up with Ming.
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Organic Ponzu and Jamon De Fermin (#1127H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
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. 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.
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Spring Roll Wrappers and Pesto (#1128H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
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".
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Ed Lee (#1302H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week it's all about steak in Ming's loft kitchen! Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia stops by to grill up a rich rib eye with spicy gochujang butter, while Ming whips up a delicious shitake-umami glazed steak. Two different tastes, one spectacular cut of beef, this week on Simply Ming!
The Ultimate Comfort Food: The Egg (#1201H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today we make filling, flavorful meals from one of the most basic ingredients: the egg! Ming shows you how to make a Wok Stirred Shiitake Omelette that will satisfy the whole family, and then cooking legend, Jacques Pepin, steps into the kitchen for a drink and some home cooking. He'll share two of his mother's recipes, Eggs Jeanette and Maman's Cheese Souffle, and show you how to master the egg.
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Better Built Blt's (#1202H) Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG
We cook with a sure fire hit: bacon! You can never have enough bacon and it goes with everything. Ming whips himself up a quick snack from his childhood, a bacon and peanut butter sandwich, before making a decadent Panko-crusted Eggplant BLT with Homemade Potato Chips. Guest chef Duckie Estes joins him in the kitchen to show off her homemade bacon - that's right, homemade bacon! - which she uses in her version of the BLT classic, Fried Green Tomato BLT with Tabasco Aioli. It's like a BLT with an upgrade.
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Leftovers Ignite and Take Flight (#1203H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Leftovers sometimes get a bad rap but on this episode of Simply Ming we turn those odds and ends into multi-layered, savory meals. Ming makes a childhood favorite, a Crispy Noddle Cake with Ham and Brisket, a fun way to clear out your fridge that the kids will love. Celebrated chef Marcus Samuelsson then traces back his Swedish roots to make a similar dish, Pytt I Panna, a family favorite that defines home cooking at its best.
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Pizza for Dinner & Dessert (#1204H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Pizza is the ultimate comfort food. It is totally customizable and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert! You don't need a brick oven for it either. Ming puts his own spin on an old favorite from Pepe's Pizza, Spicy Clam Pizza. Pizza master, Elizabeth Falkner, then recreates her award-winning Finocchio Flower Power Pizza, and brings something sweet to the table with a hazelnut Gianguja Dessert Pizza. You'll be eager to make your own specialty pizza at home!
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Tiffani Faison (#1303H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Top Chef all-star Tiffani Fasion stops by the loft kitchen to make savory pancakes, this week on Simply Ming! Tiffani starts off with Banh Xeo - a Vietnamese fried pancake loaded with shrimp. Ming follows up with a clam okonomyyaki- a Japanese savory pancake topped with a variety of ingredients.
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Blue Plate Special (#1205H) Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG
Ming utilizes an often forgotten comfort food ingredient: ground beef. The versatile meat is used in a number of comfort food dishes including Ming's Shitake Salisbury Steak with Pan Gravy and comedian Lenny Clarke's Mom's Meatloaf. Ming and Lenny show you how to add immense flavor to this workable protein to create cheap, easy and delicious crowd pleasers. Ming pairs the dishes with his smashed potatoes and simple steamed broccoli.
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Hungary and Seoul Satisfying: Stuffed Cabbage (#1206H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Cabbage, like chicken or pasta, is a predominant comfort food in a variety of cultures around the world. Often stuffed and baked, it holds a plethora of flavor. Ming and Kristen Kish recreate cabbage dishes from their childhood. Ming makes Korean Steamed Lion's Head and Kish brings her grandmother's kitchen to Ming's with her Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage. Your kitchen will smell like cabbage all day, which is a good thing.
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Fresh Shucked Summer Sweetness (#1207H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There's just something about scallops. The delicate, buttery shellfish can seem intimidating but today, Ming shows you how to whip up delish Scallop and Sweet Potato Raviolis with Brown Butter Corn. Chef Michael Mina will then show you another way to make beautiful scallops, Pan Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Creamed Corn. The Ming Tsai/Michael Mina duo will show you that not only are scallops simple, but they pair perfectly with summer corn.
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A Chicken In Every Pot (#1208H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We explore a comfort food staple that can be found in every kitchen: chicken. Ming recreates a mouth-watering dish from his childhood, that his grandfather first made, Red Roast Whole Chicken with Vegetables and Basmati Rice. Then chef Tory McPhail joins us in the kitchen and adds some Southern flair to make his chicken classic, Chicken and Mushroom gumbo. The best part about these dishes? They're also one-pot meals! Easy and delicious!
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Jamie Bissonnette (#1304H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today on Simply Ming, Ming is cooking at home with Jamie Bissonnette, James Beard award-winning chef. Both chefs take on rice, creating two amazing dishes from one simple ingredient! Ming uses crispy chicken sausage and scallions to create a flavorful spin on classic fried rice, while Jamie creates a savory paella from seasonal ingredients.
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Fruit Forward Desserts (#1221H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Nothing says comfort food like dessert! Ming reminisces about family ice cream runs growing up and teaches us how to make ice cream at home - without an ice cream maker! He makes Frozen Lemongrass Parfait with Pineapple Flambe and then, James Beard winner for Outstanding Chef, Nancy Silverton, makes a Blueberry Brown Butter Tart that will remind you of summer.
Not Andy Warhol's Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese (#1209H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
On a cold day, is there anything better than grilled cheese with tomato soup? Cheese singles and canned tomato soup have held places on families' shelves for decades, but on this episode, the old classic gets a modern, gourmet twist. Ming makes a smooth, fresh Indonesian Tomato Soup to pair with Cortney Burns' Farmer's Cheese on Grilled Bread. Instead of using sliced cheese, Cortney will show you how to make your own farmer's cheese at home! This may become your new favorite comfort food.
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Shrimp & Garlic: Compass-Wide Comfort Combo (#1210H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We explore a comfort food from the sea: shrimp. Shrimp absorbs flavors beautifully and there are many flavors that compliment it but garlic is one of the best. Ming prepares Sauteed Shrimp with Garlic Black Pepper Sauce over rice. Chef and author Matt Goulding then adds some Spanish flair to the kitchen with his Gambas al Ajillo, his Spanish wife's favorite comfort food. Delicioso y perfeccion.
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Australian Beef with Mark Best (#1211H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVG
Good day mates! This episode goes on the road to Sydney, Australia where we explore the wonderful flavors of Australia's spectacular Wagyu beef. One of Australia's best chefs, Chef Mark Best, joins Ming and cooks up a Seared Wagyu with Beetroot and Radicchio Kimchee. Ming then creates a magnificent Wagyu Tataki with Thai Basil Chile Pesto and Rice Noodle Stir-Fry. Australian beef, where else but in Australia - on this special episode.
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Kangaroo Island with Kate Sumner and Craig Wickem (#1212H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This special edition takes viewers out into the bush for a firsthand look at wildlife in Australia - kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies. They are everywhere as we explore Kangaroo Island in South Australia where we cook with chef Kate Sumner and our adventure guide Craig Wickham. Our ingredients are only found here - Australian marron, which is a kind of crawfish, and King George Whiting, an amazing white fish - all on the barbie!
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Todd English (#1305H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week on Simply Mingrenowned chef Todd English shows us how to make pizza - on the grill! Todd opts for a pizza with fontina fonduta, meatball ribbons, shaved artichokes and Heirloom pomodoro fresco. Meanwhile, Ming shakes things up with a scallion pancake pizza topped with spicy chicken.
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Sunday in the Park with Ming and Skip (#1222H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We prepare dishes for the ultimate summer pass time - cook outs! Cook outs are all about summer and family and signature dishes brought to the table, including some flavorful, chilled salads. Ming and Professor Henry Louis Gates talk ancestry while Ming breaks out a family recipe for Sesame Noodle Cucumber Salad that goes back to 2800 BC. Professor Gates then whips up Aunt Marguerite's Famous Potato Salad, a hearty classic.
Wood-Fired Cooking with Robert Marchetti (#1213H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Wood-fired cooking is the theme to this special episode as we travel on the road in Sydney, Australia. Joining Ming is Australian uber-chef Robert Marchetti. Robert fires up the grill and prepares some tuna belly to create a Seared Tuna Nicoise with Poached Duck Egg and Herbed Butter Sauce, while Ming cooks up a spectacular Grilled Quail with Garlic-Parsley Butter and Ginger-Vegetable Rice Pilaf.
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Australian Lamb with Tim Bourke (#1214H) Duration: 26:30 STEREO TVG
Who out there hasn't heard of Australian lamb? This episode brings us to Kangaroo Island in South Australia where we cook with world-famous Australian lamb alongside some of the most beautiful views in the world. Ming makes Orange-Ginger Lamb Shanks with Garlic Barley "Risotto" and his chef colleague Tim Bourke cooks up Lamb Belly with Wild Garlic Puree, Olives and Wild Greens.
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Oysters Three Ways with Darren Robertson (#1215H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
You can't visit Australia without tasting some oysters! We are on the road heading out to Bondi Beach to cook oysters 3 ways with Australian chef and surfer dude Darren Robertson. Darren and Ming forage along the beach and collect everything from seaweed to sea grass. Then it's back to cook in the kitchen - what's not to love about oysters for everyone!
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Gourmet Markets with Dominique Rizzo (#1216H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We are on the road in Sydney. Today's theme is gourmet markets and Ming shops in some of the best of them with Aussie super-chef Dominique Rizzo. Dominique creates some classic Italian flavors with a unique Australian spin and Ming cooks up a comfort dish of his own.
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Matt Jennings (#1306H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tuna is on the grill this week on Simply Ming! Matt Jennings, four-time James Beard nominee, joins Ming around the barbeque to feast on this highly sustainable fish. While Matt makes a decadent strawberry salsa rresca for his grilled fish, Ming creates a lightly seared tuna tataki that is paired with a refreshing lemongrass gremolata.
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Cooking in the Oval with Dennis Leslie (#1217H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We are on the road in South Australia. Join host Ming Tsai has he travels to Adelaide, also known as Australian wine country. Ming joins fellow East-West chef Dennis Leslie at the Adelaide Oval, a magnificent landmark stadium. We also visit wineries and taste some of the best local food. The chefs showcase their shared cooking styles with Pork Adobo with Muntrie Jam and Quondong and Grilled Pepperberry Goat with Garlic-Black Pepper Sauce.
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Cooking Local with Lachlan Colwill (#1218H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Cooking local is the theme of this episode on the road in Australia. We visit Hentley Farms in Barossa where we connect with their executive chef Lachlan Colwill. Lachlan sources most of his ingredients from the farm's herb garden, chicken coup, hatchery and even the nearby creek. Lachlan cooks up Seared Blue Fin Tuna with Cured Egg Yolk, while Ming makes a Buttermilk Tempura "Surf & Turf".
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Great Gratins (#1219H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Gratins are beautiful, rich dishes that are filled with warmth and comfort. It pairs wonderfully with a steak, which Ming shows with his Gratin Dauphinois with Grilled Flat Iron Steak; or as its own dish like Colin Cowie's Gratin of Linguine. Long time friends, Ming and Colin show you how to customize this classic dish to your liking, making it as healthy or homey as you like, but always melt in your mouth delicious.
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Chicken Soup - The World's Favorite Cure (#1220H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We travel across country borders and through time to explore a universal comfort food staple: chicken soup. Every culture has its own version and Ming shares his from childhood, a Wonton Noodle Soup. Food and Wine Editor-in-Chief, Dana Cowin, joins us in the kitchen and shares her trials and tribulations - and a secret ingredient - for her own Udon Noodle Soup. A childhood favorite you no longer have to ask mom to make.
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Ken Oringer (#1307H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There's more than one way to make risotto-style pasta - and this week on Simply Ming, we'll show you two! Boston legend Ken Oringer joins Ming in the loft to make a decadent fideua, while Ming revolutionizes risotto by using toasted barley and adding a sumptuous ratatouille.
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Dumplings - All The World Loves A Dumpling (#1223H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ming serves something that brings families together, the dumpling. Between making the filling and shaping the pot stickers, there's something for everyone to do in the kitchen and it's a fun activity that can unite a household. Ming makes his Ginger Pork Dumplings with Dim Sum Dipper and Candice Kumai drops in to show off her Japanese and Polish roots with her own gyoza. She also makes a tasty and nutritious matcha tea smoothie, not to be missed.
Let Them Eat Fish Cakes (#1224H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
If you grew up near a coast, you've longed for summer so you could enjoy a seaside favorite: fish cakes. Fish cakes are made with a variety of fish, sauces and ingredients. Today we learn two ways to make the summer classic. First Ming makes Salmon Cakes with Fennel Salad, using the freshest salmon, and then Mark Gaier and Clark Fraiser make Cod Cakes with Tartar Sauce.
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Michael Schlow (#1308H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Pasta is a worldwide staple, adaptable to the cuisine of almost any country! Chef Michael Schlow, owner of Tico in Boston and DC, makes the quintessentially Roman spaghetti amatriciana, while Ming creates a savory black bean pork chow mein. One ingredient, two dishes, this week on Simply Ming!
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All-In-One Satisfying Steak Dinners (#1225H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Nothing is better than a one-pot chicken dish - except a one pan steak dinner. Luckily, you don't have to buy prime rib or fillet to enjoy mouthwatering, tender steak at home. Ming recreates his father's Mongolian Beef and shows you how to flash fry your meat to seal in flavor. Then, Boston's beloved Lydia Shire makes a Swiss Steak from chuck steak that will melt in your mouth. Lots of flavor, little clean-up.
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