Dec 24, 2020
Welcome to another episode of
Action & Ambition with your host, Philip Lanos.
Chef Ming Tsai, a world-renowned
Chinese-American chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, James Beard
award winner, Emmy Award winner, and host of the longest-running
cooking show on PBS, today announced the highly anticipated launch
of his first consumer packaged food product, MingsBings. MingsBings
are vegan, gluten-free, food allergen-friendly, contain 6 grams of
protein per Bing, and are available for purchase
You’re going to love this
episode. Let’s get to it!
How is it going in the world of restaurants these days?
states that the restaurant industry has disseminated. COVID hit the
restaurant industry particularly hard. The statistics are horrible,
with 50 to 75% of moms and pops in the country will not
says that he has been one of the casualties; he had to pull back
into downtown Boston, a proud food pantry, through May 30. For
three months, all they did was feed all unemployed restaurant
employees, especially the Latino and African American demographics
communities have a lot of people working in the restaurant industry
under the radar, and that means they don’t receive unemployment
checks or bailouts. This is the worst crisis caused by COVID aside
from the deaths and effects. There are about 20 million people in
the restaurant industry.
can go into doing takeout, but it is not enough to sustain
restaurants. They have to have the government step in, and Ming is
not sure the new government will do so soon enough. Ming says
they need upwards of billions of dollars to help restaurants right
states that he was lucky his entire livelihood does not rely on one
restaurant, but that is not the case for most common moms and p[ops
owners. It’s the mom in the front, the dad in the back with the
kids working the dishwasher, so when you take that away, you are
taking away their whole life.
How big is MingsBings at the moment?
- Someone once told Ming that hard work brings
good luck. He is not sure it is true, but so far, it has worked out
for him. He says it is why he launched MingsBings. He had
established the company about a month before COVID
was not aware at the time that restaurants would be closed down. He
says it was just serendipity. He had been working on the project
for a couple of years already, and he was lining up people for the
positions, and finally launched just 30 days before
idea came from the belief that food is medicine always being in
Ming’s DNA and that you indeed are what you eat. It also comes from
the Asian diet. Ming is Chinese. He took a ribeye steak as an
example, which would feed one in America. In China, one steak could
provide eight people because they would add a bunch of plants and
garlic and ginger, and suddenly the meat is not the center of the
- Everyone knows that vegetables are better for
you and the earth. No one can argue that a plant-based is not
better than a meat base. Ming stresses that we have one world and
global warming is a real thing. Ming considerers himself a science
guy and therefore believes in all these scientific
considers it like Gravity; just because you don’t believe in it
does not mean it is not there. Eating more plant-based meals is a
path to enlightenment. Ming is not telling people not to eat meat,
but rather try and have plant-based meals a few times a week to
help sustain the earth.
Where do Ming’s values and philosophy come from?
states that it comes from his parents and grandparents and that he
is blessed that he got to know all four of his grandparents. His
paternal grandparents are Chinese, but they lived in Dayton,
and his parents used to go to them at 5:30 every Friday night to
have dinner. It was ming’s highlight of the week. They would make
homemade dumplings, they grew their chilies to make their hot
sauces, and they even did their own hand-pulled
- It is
one of the biggest reasons why Ming decided to be a chef because he
is still and will always be hungry. He has always hung around the
kitchen, and he would always have scraps thrown at
liked the fire, smoke, and knives and thought about how he wanted
to do it too. He remembers an expression his father and grandfather
always used to say and which Ming practices religiously is if you
are the right person, you will have good fortune.
you cannot expect good fortune for being the right person. You need
to be a good person only without expectations, and the rest will
follow. You cannot be a good person if you are only doing it for
the fortune. It is about your intention.
Ming's Bings tell many stories. Not only are they delicious,
but they are a true superfood. They are loaded with everything
nutritious and in the hands of a real chef, the meal which families
cannot stop eating.
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