Ming Tsai

Chef & TV Personality

Boston

Ming Tsai is the chef and owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., and Blue Dragon in Boston, and the host of the James Beard and Emmy-nominated public television series, Simply Ming. Tsai began cooking for TV audiences on the Food Network, where he was the 1998 Emmy Award-winning host of East Meets West with Ming Tsai and led the popular cooking adventure series Ming's Quest. In the summer of 2008, he traveled to the Beijing Olympics with NBC's Today Show to provide viewers with insight into the food customs and traditions that define his Chinese heritage. In addition to his TV pursuits, Tsai has also written several cookbooks, including Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai; Simply Ming; Ming’s Master Recipes; and Simply Ming: One-Pot Meals. He also won the James Beard Award in 2002 for Best Chef: Northeast.

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  • On September 5
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are the best Cape Cod food experiences?

    1. For classic Nantucket fine dining, it's all about The Pearl.

    2. For a burger and beer at lunch: The Boarding House.

    3. The bar upstairs at Corazon del Mar, I think, is a great little jewel — great everything, great food.

    4. If you happen to know someone who has a boat, go to The Wauwinet. If you want a nice casual, outdoor lunch, The Wauwinet is great.
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  • On October 19, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are the best markets in Beijing?

    There was this huge 20-level indoor market that everyone goes to. The U.S. basketball team went there and they had five suits made for $150 a piece. Great bargains. You can get everything from jade — I got a jade necklace there — to custom suits. Everything made in China because — guess what — everything is made in China.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are Ming Tsai's favorite markets in Beijing?

    There was this huge 20-level indoor market that everyone goes to. The U.S. basketball team went there and they had five suits made for $150 a piece. Great bargains. You can get everything from jade — I got a jade necklace there — to custom suits. Everything made in China because guess what — everything is made in China.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are the best places to eat in Beijing?

    Go to where there are only Chinese people; don't go to places where there are only tourists. I've heard people come back from China and say the food was no good and I’m like, "Well where did you eat?" and they say,  "Oh we ate with the tour group here, here and here." You have to break out. I know people aren't all going to eat street food, but that's some of the best food. And as a side note: if you do travel the world, take probiotics.

    A must-go restaurant in Beijing is Made in China in Grand Hyatt Beijing — really good Peking duck, good pot stickers and sizzling lamb. A second restaurant that has really known for Peking duck is Da Dong. They go through a couple hundred a day — they're known for their Peking duck.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are Ming Tsai's favorite restaurants in Beijing?

    Go to where there are only Chinese people; don't go to places where there are only tourists. I've heard people come back from China and say the food was no good and I’m like, "Well where did you eat?" and they say,  "Oh we ate with the tour group here, here and here." You have to break out. I know people aren't all going to eat street food, but that's some of the best food. And as a side note: if you do travel the world, take probiotics.

    A must-go restaurant in Beijing is Made in China in Grand Hyatt Beijing — really good Peking duck, good pot stickers and sizzling lamb. A second restaurant that has really known for Peking duck is Da Dong. They go through a couple hundred a day — they're known for their Peking duck.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are the best Cape Cod & The Islands food experiences?

    1. For the classic Nantucket fine-dining, it's all about The Pearl.
    2. For a burger and beer at lunch is The Boarding House.
    3. The bar upstairs at Corazon del Mar, I think, is a great little jewel — great everything, great food.
    4. If you happen to know someone who has a boat, go to The Wauwinet. If you want a nice casual, outdoor lunch, The Wauwinet is great.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are the best Cape Cod & The Islands food experiences?

    1. For the classic Nantucket fine-dining, it's all about The Pearl.
    2. For a burger and beer at lunch is The Boarding House.
    3. The bar upstairs at Corazon del Mar, I think, is a great little jewel — great everything, great food.
    4. If you happen to know someone who has a boat, go to The Wauwinet. If you want a nice casual, outdoor lunch, The Wauwinet is great.