So what do a lawyer, stand-up comic, and marijuana dealer have in common? They’re all professions that Eddie Huang, now restaurateur, has once had. Talk about a diverse set of skills!
As of recently, Huang can also add author to his resume as he just published a memoir called Fresh Off the Boat, which is actually also being turned into a TV show on ABC. A lot of people, however, know him through BaoHaus, his Taiwanese bun shop in the East Village, which is small but packed with personality with the TV on Vice, graffiti everywhere, and hip hop music playing.
“Bao” are steamed buns, and you can get them filled with a variety of mouthwatering fillings at the restaurant. There’s the Chairman Bao, which has pork belly, the Uncle Jesse, which has organic fried tofu, the Birdhaus, which has fried chicken, and the Wagyu Haus, which has steak. All of these normally come with some combination of crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish/Sauce/Seasoning Salt, and Taiwanese red sugar. On top of the bao options, you can also get rice bowls, sweet bao fries (fried bao bread served with a condensed milk glaze), and taro fries.
I ordered the Chairman and the Birdhaus, since they seemed to be the fan favorites, and really, how can you ever go wrong with pork belly and fried chicken? I also got an order of taro fries because I was extremely curious how they would make taro root into fries.
The bao were incredible. The buns were soft and fluffy and doughy while the fillings were super juicy and flavorful. I saved the pork belly one for last because I thought it was going to be my stand-out favorite, but turns out the Birdhaus was quite stellar as well. I’m down with it being hard to choose. But man, that pork belly was super fatty. This is not a bad thing.
And the taro fries? Such a fascinating texture…starchy but not crispy. And delicious with the accompanying Haus sauce. I should’ve split an order of the fries with my friend instead of getting my own because I was quite full with my two bao as well.
It turned out to be a pretty cheap meal too with everything being around $3.50-$6.00 each. The price plus the flavor plus the fact that you get to say you’ve eaten at BaoHaus, one of those places that always seems to have buzz even outside of New York City, means there are plenty of reasons to make a visit.
Chairman bao, Birdhaus bao, taro fries
238 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003