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 2, Episode 6

Red Panda Asian Bistro

Ching-He Huang brings her culinary magic to a restaurant in Queens, N.Y., that's on the verge of extinction. Roger, Sam and Paulina opened Red Panda a year ago and have tried everything to attract customers to their restaurant. After failing to wow with their food they've hosted weekend entertainment including magic shows and karaoke to draw in the crowds, all to no avail.

Wednesday
Jan 4
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 7

Kirakuya Sake

New York City's Koreatown is the location for Ching-He Huang's next struggling restaurant. Run by fun-loving owner May, Kirakuya Sake used to be the place to drink and party for NYC's Korean and Japanese communities. Business has declined as fewer customers come in to eat, drink or socialize with May. Is it too late for Ching to rein in May's party-girl ways and get her more focused on her food than on having fun?

Wednesday
Jan 4
9am | 8c
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 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
Apr 5
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 5

Fusion Fire

Ching-He Huang's next restaurant seems like a lost cause from the get go, with no signage and difficult to find with GPS. Frank and Vivian Dominick gave up their careers to run Fusion Fire. Several years ago Frank's head sushi chef quit, taking three other staff employees with him. Frank immediately jumped into the role of head chef and added to their menu, but more choices has meant more confusion and fewer customers.

Thursday
Jun 8
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 9

Golden China

Ching's heading east, to a struggling restaurant in Canton, Massachusetts. Golden China's been in the Chen family since the 1970s, and since then neither menu nor decor have changed. Once Golden China was considered Canton's answer to Boston's "Cheers" bar, a popular Chinese sports-bar themed restaurant. Now it's hit hard times and the bar can no longer turn a profit. Will Ching be able to help the Chen family continue their legacy? Or will their restaurant remain empty despite Ching's best attempts to drag their dated Americanized Chinese menu and décor into the 21st century?

Thursday
Jun 8
9am | 8c
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
Aug 16
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.

Wednesday
Sep 27
8am | 7c
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.

Wednesday
Nov 29
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Dec 20
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 7

Kirakuya Sake

New York City's Koreatown is the location for Ching-He Huang's next struggling restaurant. Run by fun-loving owner May, Kirakuya Sake used to be the place to drink and party for NYC's Korean and Japanese communities. Business has declined as fewer customers come in to eat, drink or socialize with May. Is it too late for Ching to rein in May's party-girl ways and get her more focused on her food than on having fun?

Wednesday
Dec 20
8am | 7c

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