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.

  • On August 23, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    Are there any restaurants in San Francisco that have Ming Tsai psyched right now?

    There’s a great little Korean restaurant called Namu, which is just delicious. Order anything off of their barbeque. Other favorites that I go to often are Tommy’s Tequila, which has the best margarita and Yucatan-style food, the best dim sum is at Tonkiang (order the pishu dumpling) and you have to go to The Slanted Door. Another place is NoPa. It’s really great California cuisine.
  • On August 23, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are Ming Tsai's favorite wineries in Northern California?

    Cain Five has always been one of my favorites since the beginning. He’s way up in the mountains, the views he has are just unparallel as are his wines. As a sidenote, I just shot three episodes of Simply Ming with my parents, so it’s an old old relationship. But there are so many; wines in California are as amazing as everywhere else now.
  • On August 23, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are Ming Tsai's favorite wineries in Northern California?

    Cain Five has always been one of my favorites since the beginning. He’s way up in the mountains, the views he has are just unparallel as are his wines. As a sidenote, I just shot three episodes of Simply Ming with my parents, so it’s an old old relationship. But there are so many; wines in California are as amazing as everywhere else now.
  • On August 23, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    Why does Ming Tsai love San Francisco?

    Not only did I get married there, but I think its really one of the best cities in the world to visit and to live. The Bay Area has everything. It has great weather although, yes, we know August is cold. You have within an hour’s drive some of the best wineries in the world, which also means best produce which translates to best restaurants. Huge influence of Asian so it has a couple Chinatowns now in San Francisco. Not just Chinese but Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian all ethnic cuisines well represented. You can go skiing within a couple of hours and everything you’d want to do at a beach so you really have every natural playground. Muir Woods is one of the most amazing woods that you can go in and camp. It's like Disneyland for adults: it has everything you’d want.
  • On August 23, 2012
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    Why does Ming Tsai love San Francisco?

    Not only did I get married there, but I think its really one of the best cities in the world to visit and to live. The Bay Area has everything. It has great weather although, yes, we know August is cold. You have within an hour’s drive some of the best wineries in the world, which also means best produce which translates to best restaurants. Huge influence of Asian so it has a couple Chinatowns now in San Francisco. Not just Chinese but Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian all ethnic cuisines well represented. You can go skiing within a couple of hours and everything you’d want to do at a beach so you really have every natural playground. Muir Woods is one of the most amazing woods that you can go in and camp. It's like Disneyland for adults: it has everything you’d want.
  • On November 12, 2011
    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. Street food is some of the best food. A must go restaurant in Beijing is Made in China in the Grand Hyatt; they have really good peking duck, good potstickers and sizzling lamb. A second restaurant that has really great peking duck is Da Dong.
  • On November 12, 2011
    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. Street food is some of the best food. A must go restaurant in Beijing is Made in China in the Grand Hyatt; they have really good peking duck, good potstickers and sizzling lamb. A second restaurant that has really great peking duck is Da Dong.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What’s another place that Ming Tsai would like to go back to?

    Spain is the epicenter of new cuisine these days. Madrid is the hottest city that I’ve seen in Spain. It’s got fantastic restaurants and art. Madrid is really to Spain what Shanghai is to China, it’s just the hot city. In Madrid you just take an afternoon and you just bop from tapas restaurant to tapas restaurant.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What’s another place that Ming Tsai would like to go back to?

    Spain is the epicenter of new cuisine these days. Madrid is the hottest city that I’ve seen in Spain. It’s got fantastic restaurants and art. Madrid is really to Spain what Shanghai is to China, it’s just the hot city. In Madrid you just take an afternoon and you just bop from tapas restaurant to tapas restaurant.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are Ming Tsai's favorite restaurants in Boston?

    Clio, if you want to be loud and its sushi bar, Uni for the sashimi. Oiishi has best sushi chef bar none. Order the smoked himachi — it comes smoking to your table, its delicious. Stella is a great bar scene, and Toro is fantastic. Via Matta has great Italian food. Order the Chicken Liver Crostini. Summer Shack has great New England food; and I go to Scampo for the lobster pizza, and Myers+Chang’s for the Tigers Tears.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are Ming Tsai's favorite restaurants in Boston?

    Clio, if you want to be loud and its sushi bar, Uni for the sashimi. Oiishi has best sushi chef bar none. Order the smoked himachi — it comes smoking to your table, its delicious. Stella is a great bar scene, and Toro is fantastic. Via Matta has great Italian food. Order the Chicken Liver Crostini. Summer Shack has great New England food; and I go to Scampo for the lobster pizza, and Myers+Chang’s for the Tigers Tears.