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Saturday, December 20, 2008

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

22 Responses to “What the Heck Did I Say to Ming Tsai?”

  1. Happy Holidays to the whole Steamy household!

  2. Cynthia — 12/20/08 @ 12:49 pm

    I can scratch your eyes out!!! Ming Tsai is mine you hear me? MINE!

    I don’t just love his food, I love HIM!

  3. Hélène — 12/20/08 @ 1:41 pm

    I wish you and your family a Merry XMas!

  4. SteamyKitchen — 12/20/08 @ 2:09 pm

    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!

  5. Sowjanya — 12/20/08 @ 2:49 pm

    We are so going to have a fight in the parking lot… lol Again, He is #1 on my top chef to do… so ya’ll back out

  6. Jim Lane — 12/20/08 @ 3:37 pm

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

  7. Carrie Oliver — 12/20/08 @ 3:46 pm

    You are hilarious and he really sounds like a nice person, maybe he’ll become my second celebrity crush (you were the first)!

  8. Zaw — 12/20/08 @ 6:27 pm

    I think I have man crush on Ming Tsai now.

  9. Marvin — 12/20/08 @ 7:00 pm

    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.

  10. Angie — 12/20/08 @ 9:49 pm

    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! :)

  11. Maya — 12/20/08 @ 10:29 pm

    Ming is totally yummy ;) Have a wonderful Christmukkah Jaden!!!!

  12. Cakebrain — 12/21/08 @ 2:55 am

    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!

  13. Judy — 12/21/08 @ 10:08 am

    Great interview with Ming Tsai! You came across so cute. Loved it!

  14. Rasa Malaysia — 12/21/08 @ 1:39 pm

    You’re too funny. You should have photoshopped “drool” dripping out of your mouth, LOL! :-O…….

  15. rhesuspieces00 — 12/21/08 @ 2:28 pm


  16. Passionate Eater — 12/21/08 @ 4:28 pm

    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.

  17. Judy in SATX — 12/21/08 @ 4:37 pm

    *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?

  18. Chez US - Denise — 12/21/08 @ 8:05 pm

    GREAT Podcast! ;) And don’t you love duck fat – I LOVE IT! I fry potatoes in it when I am hungry for the potato thing – YUM!!

  19. Jason Sandeman — 12/22/08 @ 12:29 pm


    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!

  20. mikky — 12/22/08 @ 2:49 pm

    i used to watch his east meets west too… great interview, jaden… :)

  21. heidy — 12/22/08 @ 4:12 pm

    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!

  22. mysimplefood — 12/23/08 @ 12:09 pm

    I am so jealous…… :)

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