What the Heck Did I Say to Ming Tsai?

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Just when I thought Steamy Kitchen would be without this recording of a convo I had with superstar Chef Ming Tsai on the phone , the fabuleux Lenny of Chez Us came to my rescue and helped me put up the recording!

Here are the highlights of my chat with Chef Ming Tsai:

(0:01) I had made one of his recipes, Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney Recipe

(1:53) Obession with duck fat + secrets to cooking duck

(8.00) How to tell temperature of meat w/o a thermometer

(9:12) Ming shot all his own photography for his cookbook

(11:01) My big crush on him (BLUSH). I was so nervous on the call that I sounded like a total idiot. blebhblehbllllleb.ihaveacelebritycrushonyou.bbleb.

(11:30) And Ming reveals who which celebrity he has a crush on!!!

(17:50) What he’s making for Christmas dinner (can YOU guess?)

(12:00) Ming’s recommendation for great holiday presents

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Comments 22

  1. SteamyKitchen

    oh I just picked up the phone and called his PR manager to see if I could chat w/him and record a podcast!
    wanted to cook a recipe from his cookbook that you guys would love to make for holiday dinner. he was so gracious!

  2. Jim Lane

    After that great Ming Tsai interview, I bet you couldn’t recall everything . . . comes with the territory and now I understand your headline.

  3. Marvin

    I’m not afraid to say it, but I’ve always had a crush on Ming. I’m actually waiting for Simply Ming to show up on the tv in a few minutes. Is it me, or does Ming’s hairstyle seem to change every week?

    The interview was great Jayden, I’m definitely more inclined now to check out his new Master Recipes book.

  4. Angie

    One word! Hilarious! I can’t believed it, you actually told him about your crush on him! At that moment, you sounded like a teenager! And.. he was so cool about it! What a gentleman! 🙂

  5. Cakebrain

    I’m green with envy…I’ve always enjoyed watching Ming Tsai on t.v.! I have his cookbook too!
    I almost didn’t recognize him with the longer hair. Frankly, I think he needs a hair cut in that picture. I’m not lovin’ it so much. However, that being said, he’s still a hottie…and he’s a fabulous chef!

  6. Passionate Eater

    If you would have asked which “food blogger” that Ming Tsai has a crush on, he would have been screaming “Steamy Kitchen, she is a gorgeous goddess,” at the top of his lungs! And he would have said my name, as a runner-up.

  7. Judy in SATX

    *sigh* I’ve crushed on Ming Tsai since watching him in East Meets West on the Food Network. Great interview Jaden! One question on the duck – he mentioned non-stick and all-clad type pans. Can I use my trusty cast iron?

  8. Jason Sandeman


    Ming was one of my inspirations in cooking school. I used to love his East meets West shows on the food network. I am sure that it was a great experience speaking to him. Did you happen to get his camera stats from him?

    Thank you for the wonderful post!

  9. heidy

    Thanks for the podcast! As I also was raised in Dayton, OH,(and because he is SO cute!) I have always loved Ming Tsai and have watched his TV appearances for years. Great interview, and you both have totally convinced me to try the duck breast recipe. Thanks again!

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