Changing the face of Asian food in America one menu at a time, Ching-He Huang travels across the country to help struggling restaurants update and revitalize their menus and make over their run-of-the-mill establishments.
Season 1, Episode 10

Satay

Ching-He Huang takes off for Austin to revive a 26-year-old Thai restaurant that is stuck in the 1980s. With tired Thai cuisine on the menu, Ching must convince stubborn owner Foo that updating her food won't drive away customers but give the restaurant a whole new life.

Wednesday
Jan 4
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 11

Naked Chorizo

Food trucks are the latest foodie fad, a whopping $800 million industry in the US. But one truck in San Francisco is suffering from an identity crisis and has called in Ching to help. Zenia Llamas was inspired to make her own "naked chorizo" - the spicy Spanish sausage served without the usual casing. A food truck showcasing Zenia's chorizo-based Spanish-Filipino dishes was the logical next step. But that's when things started to veer off course. Customers, confused by the name and branding, assume that Naked Chorizo is a Mexican food truck. Their reluctance to try the fusion fare has resulted in the food truck's profits coming to a skidding halt. Zenia, however is a strong-minded firebrand who refuses to change the name of her business. Can Ching put this food truck back on the right track or will she be on a collision course with Zenia from the start?

Tuesday
Feb 28
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 3

JC Chinese Restaurant

Ching-He Huang's on her way to Southern Philadelphia to help Joe and Renae DeCristo. These Italian American siblings are the owner and manager of JC Chinese restaurant, a business opened by their late father in the 1950s. Like the decor, Joe and Renae's food is stuck in a time warp and their customers have stopped coming. To save their business Ching needs them to modernize their dated decor and their menu but she is met with resistance at every turn from Joe.

Tuesday
Mar 21
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 9

Shiki Wok

In Bloomfield, N.J., Ching-He Huang faces one of her toughest challenges yet at a traditional Chinese restaurant that hasn't been touched in over 20 years. Ching helps owner Ming bring his old and tired dishes from outdated to modern Chinese American with a twist.

Wednesday
Apr 5
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 3

Shogun Palace

Shogun Palace in Flushing, N.Y., boasts a whopping 23,000 square foot dining room and banquet hall, all of it empty. To save the business, owner David Wong and Chef William Chen enlist Ching-He Huang's help to transform their over-the-top banquet style menu to modern Japanese. In the process, David and William bid farewell to some seriously fishy decor in the dining room.

Wednesday
Apr 5
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 4

Saigon 39

Ching-He Huang is headed to Kansas City, Mo., to a family-run Vietnamese restaurant. Mimi Perkins opened Saigon 39 to rave reviews and lines down the block. Now, over 20 years later, the restaurant is in the hands of Mimi's children, Linda and Victor, and business has plummeted. Although officially retired, Mimi is still the boss. Ching needs to bring the dishes and the decor into the 21st century and get Mimi to take a step back and let Victor and Linda run the restaurant.

Wednesday
Apr 5
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

Pho Barclay

Ching-He Huang's next destination is Cherry Hill, N.J. When brother and sister Jim and Anita opened Vietnamese restaurant Pho Barclay, there were lines out the door. One year later the business has slowed and the food has become boring and predictable. Ching is shocked to discover that Anita is bankrolling the struggling business as well as financing her brother's hobby as an amateur inventor. Jim and Anita need to focus their resources on the restaurant and reinvent their food and decor if it's to survive.

Thursday
Jun 8
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 8

Joey Thai

Ching's dishing out culinary therapy at a Thai restaurant in New Jersey. After their first restaurant in Manhattan failed, ex-husband and wife team Joey and Jumi had hoped for better luck opening a business in Montclair. Sadly after only a year they've found themselves struggling to make more than $100 a day. Now the stresses of operating a failing restaurant are taking their toll. To save money Jumi has a full time day job and rushes to the restaurant at night to make deliveries. Joey runs the business like a dictatorship doing everything from cooking to serving, with a temper so unpredictable that no one wants to work with him. With such stressed out owners at the helm, can Ching turn this restaurant around? Or is a change of ownership what is really needed?

Thursday
Jun 8
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

New Mandarin

Ching packs up her cleaver and heads to Farmington Hills, Michigan to save failing family restaurant New Mandarin Garden. There Ching takes on bickering brothers Gary and Jerry Che, as they work together to revamp this outdated Chinese restaurant and bring it into the 21st century. Can the brothers get along long enough to make the restaurant a success? Only time will tell.

Tuesday
Jun 20
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 6

Assembly

With their profit margins in the red, Assembly Steakhouse had to lay off 90% of their staff. Now, owner Jack Koumbis is pushing his three children to help him run the business. But, his leadership techniques are questionable, and temperatures are flaring at home and in the kitchen. So, it's up to Ching-He Huang to help this family stick together, while updating their restaurant, before everything goes up in flames.

Wednesday
Jul 5
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 7

Tenshi Sushi

Ching-He Huang travels to Houston to help battling siblings Nina and Ung get their fledgling Sushi restaurant back on track. Instead of fighting against their Laotian roots -- and each other -- Ching shows them how to bring their heritage to the forefront and create a successful spin on traditional Southeast Asian cuisine.

Wednesday
Jul 5
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

Session Bistro

After investing over $200,000 of his own money into struggling restaurant Session Bistro, owner Joe Troy is in dire straits. So Ching-He Huang heads to Maywood, N.J., to give this confused fusion restaurant a serious menu and decor overhaul.

Wednesday
Jul 5
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 13

Xie

Ching-He Huang travels to the college town of Iowa City, Iowa, to help General Manager Wes Lewis save struggling restaurant Xie, and learns of a unique deal. If Wes can help the restaurant bring in $30,000 in one month, owner Jennifer Xie will let him take it over. If he can't, she will cut her losses and close the restaurant's doors. With the clock ticking, can Ching turn this sinking ship around?

Wednesday
Jul 5
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

Thai Rock

Ching's heading to iconic Rockaway Beach in New York to help a waterfront restaurant that's already survived despite the odds. Two years ago, ex-Wall Street worker Robert and his Thai wife Metta's beachfront restaurant Thai Rock was decimated by Hurricane Sandy. The clean up operation left them with debts totaling $1.5 million. Before Sandy hit, Robert had sunk everything he owned into Thai Rock. He's invested his life savings - not once but twice, into fixing up this restaurant. Two years on and the surrounding neighborhood hasn't fully recovered from the devastation. With people still struggling to cover the cost of home restoration, paying to eat out is considered a luxury not many can afford. Helping a struggling restaurant survive within the recovering Rockaway community sounds like mission impossible. Has Ching finally bitten off more than she can chew?

Wednesday
Aug 16
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 12

Session Bistro

After investing over $200,000 of his own money into struggling restaurant Session Bistro, owner Joe Troy is in dire straits. So Ching-He Huang heads to Maywood, N.J., to give this confused fusion restaurant a serious menu and decor overhaul.

Wednesday
Aug 16
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Saigon 39

Ching-He Huang is headed to Kansas City, Mo., to a family-run Vietnamese restaurant. Mimi Perkins opened Saigon 39 to rave reviews and lines down the block. Now, over 20 years later, the restaurant is in the hands of Mimi's children, Linda and Victor, and business has plummeted. Although officially retired, Mimi is still the boss. Ching needs to bring the dishes and the decor into the 21st century and get Mimi to take a step back and let Victor and Linda run the restaurant.

Wednesday
Aug 16
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 13

Xie

Ching-He Huang travels to the college town of Iowa City, Iowa, to help General Manager Wes Lewis save struggling restaurant Xie, and learns of a unique deal. If Wes can help the restaurant bring in $30,000 in one month, owner Jennifer Xie will let him take it over. If he can't, she will cut her losses and close the restaurant's doors. With the clock ticking, can Ching turn this sinking ship around?

Wednesday
Aug 16
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Yen Ching Express

John Bian along with his parents and wife run a struggling Chinese restaurant in Bloomington, Ill. The restaurant is the only income for the family and as sales continue to drop, tensions have begun to run high. Due to the family's lack of communication and leadership the restaurant has fallen into a state of disrepair. To turn the failing restaurant around Ching-He Huang will need to convince the feuding family that they need an entirely new restaurant concept -- and that they need to work together to make it happen.

Wednesday
Aug 16
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 1

King Yum

Ching is heading to Fresh Meadows, New York to help save a failing Tiki themed Chinese Restaurant. King Yum has been in Robin Ng's family for over 60 years, but in recent years business has dropped drastically. Ching will have to convince Robin and his wife that the over fried, greasy, bland dishes that they insist their customers love have to go. Will Ching's culinary expertise and tough love be enough to turn this restaurant around and help Robin rediscover his passion?

Wednesday
Aug 16
9:30am | 8:30c

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Ching-He Huang

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