Asia-Bama Soup with Jessie Merlin

The Back Story


-       Heat sesame oil and 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce in cast iron pot over medium-high heat

-       Add lobster, scallion, soy sauce and lime juice and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes

-       In separate pot add olive oil and heat over medium-high heat

-       Add garlic, jalapeno, ginger and sauté for 1 minute

-       Add chicken broth, cremini mushrooms, lemon grass, Bok Choy, remaining hoisin sauce and soba noodles and continue to boil for 2 to 3 minutes

-       Add lobster and garnish with scallions




Meet the Guest Stars
Jessie Merlin and Scott Doty | @

Jessie and Scott are two lifetime northerners who moved to Birmingham, Alabama 3 years ago so that Jessie could pursue her dream job.  Jessie grew up eating out every night, and has always been drawn to eating at new restaurants as a way to experience local culture.  Scott is an industrial designer with a passion for designing kitchen gadgets. Their mutual of love of thrifting means they have an insane amount of cool vintage kitchenware.  When they moved to Birmingham, they decided to... (full profile)

Birmingham Botanical Gardens | @BBGardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education... (full profile)

Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

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