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.
Jacques Pepin (#1403H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The iconic television host, artist and master chef, Jacques Pepin, joins Ming as they cook up chicken livers two ways. Jacques is making chicken livers with mushroom port cranberry sauce, olive oil small potatoes, and topping it all off with an incredible chocolate Souffle; while Ming tries to match that with a hot chicken liver mousse with bacon-thyme sauce.
- KQED Life: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 -- 3:00pm
Tiffani Faison (#1404H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Top Chef alum and restaurateur, chef Tiffani Faison joins the show. She's the chef and owner of Tiger Mama and Sweet Cheeks in Boston. Today it's all about ground meat. Tiffany is making a Vietnamese dish called pad gra pow and Ming is making meatloaf sliders with sambal-bell pepper chutney. They're kicking off the party with a simple and delicious caipirinha.
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 -- 3:00pm
Madhur Jaffrey (#1405H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ming and his guest are cooking with curry spices. One of the best Indian chefs in the country, Madhur Jaffrey, joins the show. She is a James-beard award-winning author, actress, and restaurateur. Madhur is going to show how to make potatoes in a Marwari style with griddle bread and Ming aims to impress with a Japanese chicken curry with caramelized onions and cauliflower.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 1, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Rick Bayless (#1406H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Master-chef of Mexican cuisine and Emmy-nominated host, Rick Bayless. has nine cookbooks and owns several restaurants in Chicago including the much-acclaimed Frontera Grill. He is also well-known for his public television series, Mexico One Plate at a Time. Today, Rick's going to make a green chili adobo taco duo including roasted chayote with herbs and goat cheese and shrimp skillet tacos. He then helps Ming cook up a family-favorite, surf-n-surf moo shu wraps.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 2, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Johnny Iuzzini (#1407H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's "dark and stormy" time with James Beard award-winning uber-pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini. Johnny was named one of the 10 most influential pastry chefs in America. He shows his best today when he creates an amazing frozen dark & stormy souffle. And Ming will do a dark and stormy his way with his dark & stormy doughnuts with ginger cloud cream.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Shaun Hergatt (#1408H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
New York executive chef Shaun Hergatt from the restaurant Juni joins the show. Today it's duck two ways. He creates an acacia-glazed duck breast with plum puree and fennel salad,while Ming tries to match him with duck pho with sweet potato noodles and Thai herbs.
- KQED Life: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Rocco Dispirito (#1409H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Award-winning chef, health advocate and New York Timesbest-selling cookbook author, Rocco DiSpirito is on the show. Voted "America's Most Exciting Young Chef" by Gourmetmagazine, his three-star restaurant Union Pacific was a New York City culinary landmark for years. Rocco starts us off with an almond vanilla protein smoothie, followed by a great spinach pesto pasta with tomatoes, and tops it all off with an instant almond cake with mixed berries. Ming keeps it simple but delicious with wok-stirred brown rice noodles with shiitakes and a spicy almond pesto.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Sam Hayward (#1410H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ming is joined by Maine's master of fresh, local and sustainable food, chef Sam Hayward. With his restaurants Fore Street and Scales Restaurant & Seafood Market, Sam is credited with transforming Maine's food scene. Today both Ming and Sam are cooking with shellfish. Sam combines local Bang's Island mussels, local cider, leeks and sea greens with grilled bread while Ming makes wok-stirred Thai King Crab Legs with green papaya and crispy rice.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 9, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Gunnar Hvarnes (#1411H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ming takes off for Norway to explore its rich culture, beautiful landscape - and their fresh-from-the-sea fish dishes. Meeting up with chef Gunnar Hvarnes, the two men toast martini's before getting down to business - creating two delicious Cod dishes.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Geir Skeier (#1412H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Chef Tsai continues his adventure in Norway,catching up with chef Geir Skeier, winner of the 2009 Bocuse d'Or world cooking contest. After prepping a delicious cocktail from traditional Norwegian Aquavit, Ming and Geir create two meals from the region's sumptuous salmon.
- KQED Life: Tue, Mar 14, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Orjan Johannessen (#1413H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ming continues cooking through Norway, meeting up with chef Orjan Johannessen for a feast of Norwegian proportions! Joined by Orjan's parents, the two chefs create two distinctive Fjord Trout meals, while the Johannessen's create a pickled herring and caramel pudding. Each dish highlights the tastes and traditions of this Scandinavian nation.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Andreas Viestad (#1414H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Mackerel is on the menu for Ming and chef Andreas Viestad on this special episode of Simply Ming in Norway. Known for his show, "New Scandinavian Cooking", Chef Viestad introduces Ming to a farm apple Kir before they settle in to whip up two mouth-watering meals. With dishes capturing each of the five tastes, this is a meal you won't forget.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Will Gilson (#1415H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Rising star and Cambridge-based chef, Will Gilson, joins Ming. Will, the chef and owner of Puritan & Co. in Cambridge, is going to help Ming cook up duck two ways. Will makes duck breast with hay-roasted carrots and toasted pistachios, and Ming makes pressure cooked Szechwan duck legs with Yukon gold potato fried rice.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Susan Regis (#1416H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley head south to Boston from Portland, Maine and their restaurants Eventide Oyster Company, Hugo's, and The Honey Paw-their latest venture. They will, of course, start off with oysters with kimchee ice, followed by their Eventide classic brown butter lobster roll. Ming follows that up with some beer battered Island Creek Oysters and shallots with Chinese vinegar mignonette aioli.
- KQED Life: Tue, Mar 21, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley (#1417H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
New York City and Boston restaurant alum chef Robert Sisca joins Ming from Rhode Island. Robert is the Executive Chef at the Providence G, a new and very cool venue in downtown Providence with three restaurants. Today they are cooking with halibut. Robert is making a bread crusted halibut with broccoli rabe and chorizo emulsion, then Ming is up for a halibut fish stew with roasted garlic aioli and grilled bread.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Hawai'i - Isaac Bancaco (#1418H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ming hits Hawai'i, this week on Simply Ming. Joining Ming is chef Issac Boncaco, the 2014 Maui chef of the year. With two different takes on Tuna, Issac and Ming talk shop and trade recipes as they create a mouthwatering meal on the beautiful sands of Kama'ole beach.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Hawai'i - Ed Kenney (#1419H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Coconuts, opah and plantains all show up in this week's dishes as Ming heads to Hawai'i. Ming catches up with chef Ed Kenney on Ma'oOrganic Farms to harvest ingredients and coconuts for a few exotic dish and drinks. Heading to the kitchen, Ming and Ed create two unique takes on traditional dishes, before sitting down to taste their Hawai'ian creations.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 27, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Hawai'i - Lee Ann Wong (#1420H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ming continues his adventures on Maui with chef Lee Anne Wong. Heading to Kako'o 'Oiwi farm, the chefs gather traditional Hawaiian ingredients, such as taro plants, edible ferns and breadfruit. Heading into the kitchen, Ming and Lee Anne create a sumptuous meal celebrating the heritage of the islands.
- KQED Life: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Hawai'i - Mom & Dad (#1421H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ming heads to Honolulu to join mom and dad in their kitchen for a family meal. Whipping up a few favorite dishes, the Tsai family trades laughs and stories - and more than a few family photos - before sitting down to dinner on the lanai.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Hawai'i - Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong (#1422H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Heading to the Hawai'i Food and Wine festival, Ming bumps into chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, masters of Hawai'ian cuisine. As the friends catch up, they decide to head to their favorite place - the kitchen - to create three distinct and flavorful fish dishes.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Spaghetti East Western (#1226H) Duration: 26:16 STEREO TVG
Ming and Evan Dulety share spaghetti recipes from their respective backgrounds, showcasing flavors of Asia and Southern Europe. Ming makes Asian spaghetti with flavors of pork, ginger, and garlic while Evan makes a classic Bolognese with a mix of protein, carrots, celery and tomato sauce. Both dishes remind us why we love pasta so much: it's easy, flexible and soaks in immense flavor.
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 31, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me