Eddie Huang from “Huang’s World” and “Fresh Off The Boat” is best known for his global travel show on Viceland and for the ABC sitcom inspired by his memoir, but this provocative food lover is also a seasoned restaurateur. The East Coaster teamed with friend Steven Lau, a fellow sneaker fiend, on a Taiwanese comfort food concept in Greenwich Village called Baohaus in 2009. The duo later relocated to L.A. and opened Baohaus in Chinatown’s bustling Far East Plaza in 2017.
Their tiny L.A. space replaced Pok Pok Phat Thai with stainless steel counters, custom shoe collaborations in plastic boxes on a high shelf, and access to the popular plaza’s communal seating.
I ordered three different bao in steamed clamshell buns. Versions with spicy fried chicken breast and flaky fried whitefish both had their charms, but I enjoyed Chairman Bao® ($4.55) best. A fluffy bun cradled a meaty, fat-streaked slab of braised pork belly that co-starred punchy Haus relish, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro.