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Start the New Year with these Asian appetizers

As host of public television's 'Simply Ming,' Chef Ming Tsai dishes up easy-to-make Asian-inspired meals. Just in time for your New Year's party, he was invited on the 'Today' show to share his appetizer recipes.Cranberry Kir RoyalMing TsaiYield: 4-6 servingsCombine first three ingredients in a small non reactive saucepan over medium high heat and simmer until reduced by 90 percent and a maple syr
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As host of public television's 'Simply Ming,' Chef Ming Tsai dishes up easy-to-make Asian-inspired meals. Just in time for your New Year's party, he was invited on the 'Today' show to share his appetizer recipes.









Cranberry Kir RoyalMing Tsai

Yield: 4-6 servings

Combine first three ingredients in a small non reactive saucepan over medium high heat and simmer until reduced by 90 percent and a maple syrup consistency is achieved. Place in a clean jar and refrigerate. To serve, pour 2 tablespoons of syrup in a flute and top with champagne. Garnish with 2 to 3 fresh cranberries.

91230006048982748340822777160492cranberry juice1quart­­1 quart cranberry juicepeeled ginger3slice3 slices peeled gingerlemongrass2 pieces lemongrass, crushed (optional)Champagne1 bottle chilled Champagne, such as Veuve ClicquotcranberriesFresh cranberries, for garnish

Recipes excerpted from “Ming's Master Recipes,” copyright © 2004 by Ming Tsai. Excerpted by permission of Ming East-West, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.