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What are you having for dinner tonight? If you’re getting tired of the same ingredients, then tune in to Simply Ming, as Emmy Award–winning chef Ming Tsai dishes up easy solutions to having East-West food on the table in almost the same amount of time it takes to order out.
By using one of his simple master recipes to create a variety of meals—either the casual bite or a menu worthy of a dinner party—you can have a flavorful dish in half an hour.
The series furthers Ming’s mission of providing viewers a simple, straightforward approach to mastering East-West cooking. By crafting dishes from the show’s master recipes, anyone can keep dining at more home interesting and fun all week long—whether you are a beginner in the kitchen or an experienced chef.
Join Ming Tsai as he shares time-saving tips and mouthwatering recipes, all while helping you make the most of your time in the kitchen.
Distributed by: American Public Television (APT)
Ming Tsai’s love of cooking (and eating) great food was forged early on while working at his parents’ restaurant, Mandarin Kitchen, in Dayton, Ohio. The award-winning chef and author is the host of public television’s Simply Ming.
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Master Sushi Roll
Sushi is a Japanese specialty enjoyed all over the world, and is particularly popular here in America. Ming shares the basics of this simple and healthy specialty, and develops a Master Sushi Roll: this includes three different varieties of Nigiri made with Tuna, Striped Bass, and Ribeye, and two handrolls made with Tea-Smoked Salmon and Avocado and Grilled Shrimp Salad. Ming also creates two Maki Sushi made with Grilled Vegetables, Tea-Smoked Salmon and Cucumber. A Hot Sushi Cake with Spicy Tuna Poke completes the tasting platter. Ming heads over to Oishii restaurant in Boston, MA, to learn different tricks of this century-old practice. Back in the studio, guest chef Beau MacMillan of elements restaurant in Arizona uses Ming's master recipe to create Seared Scallops with Maitake Ginger Garlic Cream and Rice.
East meets West when Ming rolls two of his favorite international flavors - Mexican and Asian -into a crisp and delicious Ginger-Kiwi-Jicama Salsa. The salsa is a perfect accompaniment to Ming's Tropical Glazed-Black Vinegar Pork Spareribs - the ideal meal to remember summer, as the days grow shorter and colder. After making his Chicken "Moo shu-quitos" with Salsa in the studio, Ming heads off to Maria and Ricardo's Tortilla Factory in Canton, Mass. where he learns the ins and outs of perfecting tortillas as well as mooshu wrappers. Back in the studio, guest chef Jasper White provides his own interpretation of Ming's master recipe with a Scallop and Maine Shrimp Seviche.
A crepe is a very thin pancake, and a perfect complement to all things sweet and savory. Ming uses his master recipe to make a thin and fluffy crepe to create the Egg McMing, as well as a rich Seafood Crepe. For dessert, a Ginger-Orange Crepe Flambe has a fresh, sharp sweetness to it. While visiting Beijing, Ming tours a neighborhood restaurant to see how the locals paint an Asian twist on this classic French recipe. Guest chef Eric Ripert visits the studio to create his Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche and Herb Crepes, ideal for brunch.
Kung Pao Sauce
In Chinese cuisine, Kung Pao Sauce is a classic way to dress up vegetables, beef, chicken, and fish. Joined by two very special guests, Iris and Stephen Tsai (better known as "Mom & Pops"), Ming creates Kung Pao Chicken and Kung Pao Clams and Pork using his master recipe. Peppercorn Tuna on Kung Pao Bok Choy Fondue combines the tender taste of the tuna with the rich fondue. On a special remote in China, Ming visits a famous restaurant district in Beijing to ensure that he is creating his Kung Pao Sauce in the most traditional way. Back across the ocean in the studio, Mom Tsai prepares her delicious Kung Pao Prawns.
Sesame in all forms is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine, and a sesame paste could almost be considered a Chinese version of peanut butter. Ming concocts a master recipe for Sesame Paste and creates Chicken-Cucumber Noodles and Sesame-Orange Pork Rice Noodles. While in Beijing, Ming visits with restaurateur Frank Chang to learn more about Chinese hot pot. After that, special guest Chef Ken Oringer visits his good friend Ming in the studio to prepare a Two-Hour Egg with Spinach, Asparagus, and Sesame Paste.
Ming's master recipe for his Clementine Marmalade is a delicious way to introduce the sweet taste of citrus to a dish. The marmalade perfectly complements Ming's Braised Lamb Shank, and makes a succulent addition to the spiciness of Grilled Sausage in Edamame Stew. While in Beijing, Ming visits a restaurant to see how the locals incorporate citrus into their mouth-watering orange-flavored beef. In the studio, Ming makes a Grilled Pork Belly Sandwich, and is joined by guest chef Kirk Avondoglio of Perona Farms, who uses the master recipe to whip up a Spice-Rubbed Salmon with Radicchio Slaw and Clementine Marmalade.
Master Doughnut Recipe
Ming can find the gourmet appeal in the simplest of treats - even the doughnut, which he has perfected with his own Master Doughnut Technique. Doughnuts become positively decadent as Ming makes Doughnut Holes with Ginger Whipped Cream and a Warm Eclair Sundae. Ming makes a pilgrimage to the hallowed halls of the Dunkin' Donuts test facility, where Executive Chef Stan Frankenthaler shows him the real deal behind their legendary doughnuts. Special guest chef Govind Armstrong of Table 8 in Los Angeles joins Ming back in the studio, where he creates an indulgent dessert: Coffee & Doughnuts. Suddenly, those white, powdered doughnut holes from the supermarket lack their usual appeal.
Mint is no longer a mere partner to lamb; Ming's Citrus-Mint Syrup is perfect for meat as well as seafood. Ming's master recipe is used for Seafood Lumpias, similar to a springroll, Pan-Seared Pepper Lamb Satays, and Blackened Scallops with Carrot Salad. The celebration of mint continues as Ming visits a bar in Boston to see how muddling mint for drinks can add an intense dollop of fresh flavor. Special guest chef Geoffrey Zakarian visits the studio to honor Ming's master recipe with his Sea Scallop Cru with Rosemary Honey Essence and Sea Bean Salad.
Tamari & Chipotle Chiles
Guest Chef: John Besh.You can't beat today's SIMPLY MING 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.
Chinese Tea & Mint
Guest Chef: Susur Lee.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. So on today's SIMPLY MING, 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.
Organic Rice Vinegar & Honey
Guest Chef: Sheila & Marilyn Brass.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.
Shiso & Tomatoes
Guest Chef: Michel Nischan.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".
Garlic Chive & Greek Yogurt
Guest Chef: Joanne Chang.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. On today's SIMPLY MING, 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.
Fermented Black Beans & Ketchup
Guest Chef: Jason Santos.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. On today's SIMPLY MING, 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.
Chinese Rock Candy & Cranberries Script
Guest Chef: John Besh.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.
Ginger & Brown Sugar
Guest Chef: Jody Adams.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 on this week's SIMPLY MING. 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.
Maitake Mushrooms and Italian Basil
Guest Chef: Daniel Bruce. Japan and Italy provide Ming's master pair. Maitake mushrooms and Italian basil are two pantry regulars that are fast becoming favorites. On today's SIMPLY MING, 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.
Chinese Mustard and Creme Fraiche
Guest Chef: Barry Maiden. 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 in the SIMPLY MING kitchen, 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.
Orgaanic Ponzu and Jamon De Fermin
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. On today's SIMPLY MING, 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.
Spring Roll Wrappers and Pesto
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".
Hoisin Sauce and Pizza Dough
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. So today on SIMPLY MING, 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.
Thai Basil & Parmingiano Reggiano
Guest Chef: Ken Oringer. Ming's menu showcases the East-West duo of Thai basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano on today's SIMPLY MING. 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.
Thai Bird Chiles & Maple Syrup
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.
Tofu & Parsley
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.
Coriander & Fennel
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.
Lemongrass & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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.
Thai Lime Leaves & Shallots
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.
Star Anise & Oranges
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!
Sake & Black Pepper
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.
Cilantro & Bacon
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.
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- Asian Tapenade
- Grilled Vegetable Panini with Asian Tapenade
- Halibut Ceviche with Roasted Poblano, Kaffir Lime Avocado Purée and Asian Aromatics
- Kaffir Lime Avocado Purée
- Oven Roasted Pork Ribs with Hoisin-Cranberry BBQ sauce and Asian Coleslaw
- Rice Paper
- Warm Lobster Summer Rolls with Brown Butter Morel Sauce
- Cooking Under Fire: Recipes and Behind the Scenes (Book)
- Ming's Blue Ginger Cookbook (Hardcover)
- Ming's Master Recipes (Book)
- Simply Ming Cookbook (Hardcover)
- Simply Ming (DVD)
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