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Simply Ming

Simply Ming
Genre Cooking
Presented by Ming Tsai
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 12
No. of episodes Total: 314; Actual: 312
Executive producer(s) Ming Tsai
Laurie Donnelly
Julia Harrison
Location(s) Milford, Massachusetts
Running time 27 minutes
Production company(s) WGBH-TV
Ming East-West, LLC
Distributor American Public Television
Original channel WGBH-TV
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 4, 2003 – present
External links

Simply Ming is a television cooking show hosted by chef Ming Tsai that is produced by WGBH Boston and Ming East-West, LLC. The show is distributed by American Public Television.


  • Overview 1
  • Broadcast 2
  • DVD's 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


The initial premise of the show consisted of Ming presenting a master recipe, which he would use in all of the dishes prepared during the episode. Occasionally, Ming would go on location to spotlight a particular component used in or related to that episode's recipes. Later episodes also featured guest chefs whom Ming invited to the show; these special guests then use the master recipe in a dish of their own. Sometimes one of Ming's family would be featured on some episodes.

Another season followed the same format, except that the master recipe gave way to what Ming had called a master pair: two ingredients, one typically regarded as Western (i.e. black pepper, truffle oil, avocado, cranberries) and one typically regarded as Eastern (i.e. soybeans, sake, ponzu, Thai basil), are used in all the dishes prepared in each episode.

The 2014 season followed another format. Ming would travel around the world and sometimes would be in his studio, where he would cook improvised recipes with renowned chefs from ingredients that would be kept secret beforehand. The guest would go first, and Ming would go last.


The series is available on public television stations (mostly PBS stations), and the Create network. It's also shown on the LifeStyle Food channel in Australia.


In 2005, WGBH Boston Video released a DVD set called "Simply Ming - The Complete Collection", it contains 3 discs containing several episodes of the series, It is believed to be based on Season 2, which was broadcast in 2004. The most recent release is "Simply Ming: Cooking with Friends & Family", released by PBS Distribution in 2012.

External links

  • Official Web site
  • LocateTV episode guide
  • WGBH official page
  • Simply Ming at LifeStyle FOOD


  •,2954529&hl=en Sun Journal, James R. Costello Sr., Aug 18, 2003, "Blending east and west" article

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