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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.
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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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This week on SIMPLY MING, Chef Ming Tsai's East-West dishes combine the smooth, creaminess of butter with the rich, nutty flavor of sesame seeds. These ingredients are first merged in Ming's Sesame Butter Brittle, a delicious treat that gives Ming something to snack on while sharing his tasty recipe for Sesame-Chive Butterfish with Buttered Edamames and Spinach. To finish off the meal, Ming prepares a decadent Sesame Tuile Napoleon with Gingered Apple Flambe that he serves with Vanilla Hemp Ice Cream. Later, renowned chef Charles Draghi visits the kitchen studio to create elegant Piemontese-style Veal Chops with Sesame and Sage Butter.
In this week's serving of SIMPLY MING, sweet, smooth coconut milk from the East is paired with tart cranberries from the West. To begin, Chef Ming Tsai prepares a Coconut-Cranberry Chicken Curry that introduces India to Cape Cod through its sweet, tart and spicy flavors. Then, Ming uses a brined pork loin to make succulent Peppered Pork Tenderloin with Sweet and Sour Cranberry-Coconut Sauce. To complete the meal, Ming demonstrates the tricks to preparing the perfect poundcake with his delicious recipe for Coconut-Cranberry Poundcake with Coconut Glaze. And later, Annie Copps, Senior Editor for food at Yankee Magazine puts a fun spin on the ingredient pairing with her Coconut and Banana Freeze Pops with Dried Cranberries.
This week on SIMPLY MING, Chef Ming Tsai introduces tamari, the original soy sauce of Japan, to olive oil, which the ancient Greeks considered to be liquid gold. Using a wheat-free, organic tamari, Ming first prepares a Tamari Marinated Tofu-Cucumber Salad, a perfectly refreshing and safe dish for people with a wheat allergy. Then, putting a spin on a traditionally French recipe, Ming cooks up Asian Ratatouille with Couscous. Later, he prepares a New Style Salmon Sashimi, an understated appetizer sure to wow your guests. Finally, Ming is joined by his parents, Iris and Stephen Tsai, who put the East-West ingredients to work with Tamari Pork and Bell Pepper on Olive Oil-Noodle Cake.
This week's serving of SIMPLY MING introduces two world travelers, Japan's versatile Panko flakes from the East and Dijon Mustard from the West. To start, Chef Ming Tsai puts a sophisticated spin on chips and dip with his Panko Crusted Eggplant Chips with Dijon-Sour Cream Dip. Rather than making traditional beef meat loaf, Ming uses ground turkey and pork for a mouthwatering Dijon Meat Loaf. Later, Ming plays up the subtle flavor of trout in a Panko and Dijon Crusted Trout on Cucumber-Quinoa Salad. Greg Zaff, creator of the nonprofit SquashBusters - an organization that challenges and nurtures urban youth through the game of squash - puts on his game face while working with SquashBuster's student Rodney to cook up Panko and Mustard Chicken Tenders with Vegetables and Honey-Dijon-Yogurt Sauce.
Organic Soy Sauce/Preserved Lemons
For this week's East-West pairing on SIMPLY MING, Chef Ming Tsai introduces Organic Soy Sauce to the laidback citrus flavor of Preserved Lemons. First, Ming prepares Preserved Lemon-Edamame Tapenade served with Whole Wheat Pita Chips, a nutrient-rich appetizer that will impress your guests. Then, Ming enhances the East-West pair with the intense flavors of chile and garlic in his Lemon Broccolini-Shiitake Sautee with Garlic Chips. Later, Ming reels you in with an enticing Pan Roasted Line Caught Halibut with Soy-Lemon Sauce. Finally, guest celebrity chef Ken Oringer puts the East-West duo to work in his sumptuous Lacquered Pork Belly with Preserved Lemons and Soy Sake Glaze.
Organic Teriyaki and Cream are the East-West stars in this week's SIMPLY MING, and they're not just for grilling and coffee. After first preparing more traditional Grilled Teriyaki Tempeh Satays with Garlic Creamed Spinach, Chef Ming Tsai creates a unique flavor pairing with his unconventional Teriyaki Shrimp Alfredo. Later, Ming prepares a robust All-in-One Teriyaki Chicken Stew with potatoes, which he serves over brown rice. And joining Ming in the kitchen is Melina Shannon-DiPietro, Executive Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, who creates a fresh, healthy Summer Lettuce Salad with Teriyaki-Red Wine Vinaigrette.
Maitake Mushrooms/Worcestershire Sauce
In this week's helping of SIMPLY MING, Chef Ming Tsai introduces Japan's "dancing mushroom," Maitake, to the popular fermented condiment, Worcestershire Sauce. First, Ming prepares a new take on an Asian classic with a Maitake-Chicken Hot and Sour Soup. Then, Ming mixes things up with Angry and Killer Shrimp and Maitakes on Grits. While preparing a delicious Maitake Brown Rice Risotto, Ming shares his restaurant method for getting risotto ready for a dinner party or guests. And later, Tony Maws, chef/proprietor of Craigie on Main, stops by Ming's studio kitchen, where he puts the East-West pair to work in his impressive Braised Oxtails with Maitake, Caramelized Shallots and Orange.
This week's helping of SIMPLY MING merges the heat found in Sriracha with rich, smooth Greek Yogurt. For a dish that has the perfect balance of flavor, Chef Ming Tsai pairs his East and West ingredients to prepare Chile Grilled Shrimp Satays with Ginger-Yogurt Fennel Salad. Ming also offers up a delicious vegetarian option - Panko Eggplant with Chile-Yogurt Salsa. Later, Ming gives tacos a Greek twist with his Best Ever Lamb Tacos with Chile-Tzatziki. Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, pays a visit to Ming's kitchen studio where he impresses everyone with his Open-faced Grilled Naan Sandwich topped with Grilled Chicken Tikka Masala, Grilled Zucchini, Summer Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and Sriracha Hippy-Shake.
In Chinese cuisine, meat and fruit are a classic combination. Pineapple with pork is just one example, and, the best part is, the pairing has proved popular with adults and picky children alike -especially sweet and sour sauce! To prove his love for all things sweet and savory, Ming creates a master recipe of Cranberry-Lemongrass Sauce, made with shallots, garlic, and finished with butter. With it, he cooks a Coriander-Crusted Venison Carpaccio with Cranberry-Lemongrass Frisee Salad, as well as a Double-Thick Glazed Pork Chop. After preparing a Seared Duck with Yam Ravioli, Ming takes a trip to Beijing's Da Dong restaurant to see owner Da Dong making Peking duck. Guest chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin Restaurant appears in the studio to create a Hamachi Tandoori with Pickled Cucumber Salad.
When fresh, ginger can transform any drink or meal into a refreshing and unique dining experience. Using the popular root, Ming develops a master recipe for delicious and versatile Ginger Syrup. According to Ming, Ginger Syrup can substitute for the more common corn variety adding a special zing wherever it's used. Ming creates a new twist on a standby favorite, beef and broccoli, with his Ginger Beef and Leeks, and serves up a Blue Ginger Gimlet, by far the most popular drink at his restaurant. Best-Ever Ginger-Limeade and comforting Glazed Chicken Thighs and Carrots completes the menu. Guest chef Michael Schlow of Boston's Radius and Via Matta uses the master recipe to create Chilled Shrimp and Cucumber Salad with Sweet and Spicy Ginger Vinaigrette.
Ming's Ponzu-Soy Vinaigrette makes for a great marinade, sauce, or dressing. Made with citrus, ponzu is wildly popular in Japanese cuisine. It's also incredibly versatile, as Ming demonstrates with his Oven-Roasted Swordfish with Lentil de Puy Salad and Grilled Ponzu-Marinated Chicken with Orzo Risotto. In addition to the risotto, Ming re-interprets another Italian favorite, carpaccio, by using broiled shrimp. Then, Ming pays a visit to Marco in Boston's North End, where chef Marc Orfaly shows him the traditional preparation for carpaccio. Back in the studio, guest chef Patricia Yeo of Ginger Park Kitchen + Bar in Boston makes a tantalizing Whole Fried Fish with Sizzling Lime-Ponzu Sauce and Pineapple Fried Rice.
Tempura & Aioli
Part of Ming's charm is his ability to re-work a classic into something that is completely unique while remaining familiar. East meets West as Ming prepares three different versions of two popular master techniques that complement each other perfectly: crispy, fried tempura from Japan and garlicky, smooth aioli from France. Then, Ming goes on to prepare dishes that combine the two: Colossal Shrimp Spiced Tempura with Lemongrass Aioli, Tomato and Mozzarella Basil Tempura with 3-Vinegar Aioli, and Chicken Breast Spiced Tempura with Sambal Aioli. Special guest and master sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson joins Ming in the studio to discuss the best wine pairings for each dish, and prepares her Seafood Tempura with Sesame Aioli.
Chocolate. The power of one word can make knees weak and mouths water. Ming reinterprets one of the world's most beloved recipes -Chocolate Mousse - by infusing it with strong, brewed coffee and exotic vanilla. He uses this master recipe to make three sweet treats, a Chocolate Mousse Napolean, Chocolate Mousse Sundae, and a Warm Double Chocolate Mousse Cake. Then, Ming heads to the home of cookbook authors Sheila and Marilyn Brass to get a special lesson in the fine art of baking with chocolate. Back in his studio kitchen, Ming welcomes French chef Hubert Keller of Fleur De Lys in San Francisco who steps to the chocolate challenge with style when he creates an outrageous Chocolate Mousse "burger!"
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.
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