Host Edward Lee and Pok Pok's Andy Ricker head to Brooklyn's Chinatown, Sunset Park, to pick up exotic ingredients before making jop chai, a Thai stew. Later, Lee visits Houston, where he meets with chefs Chris Shepherd and Paul Qui; and makes crispy fish and Filipino kinilaw. Also: a crawfish dinner in a Vietnamese restaurant shows how Creole, Cajun, Mexican and Asian styles have blended together to create a new American cuisine.
In the Season 3 premiere, chef Edward Lee returns to East Brooklyn, where he grew up surrounded by a mix of cultures and cuisines. He also meets with other chefs who have followed culinary paths not in line with their roots. Later, he's joined by chef Ivan Orkin for a visit to one of the city's oldest "appetizing" stores; and the two share their spins on American cuisine (Japanese-Jewish and Korean-Southern). Lee's mother also offers a lesson on making Korean comfort food.