Eddie Huang

bao bao by Sophia Chang

Eddie Huang (b. 1982) is an Asian American restaurateur, food personality and former lawyer. He is the owner of Baohaus. Huang was born in Washington, D.C., to immigrant parents from Taiwan. He was raised in Orlando, where his father managed a successful group of steak and seafood restaurants. Huang identified with African-American culture, especially hip-hop, at a young age. He received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Rollins College and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law.

Not long after graduating from law school, Huang decided for a career change. After being laid off from a New York law firm, he worked as a stand-up comic and as a marijuana dealer. He was interested in food as he had grown up watching his mother cook at home and had learned many skills in the kitchen. He learned management from his father.

In 2009, he opened BaoHaus, a Taiwanese bun shop, on the Lower East Side of New York. His straightforward menu consists of steamed buns filled with a protein, cilantro, crushed peanuts and Taiwanese red bean paste, and sweet bao fries (julienned bun). In 2011, he relocated his first shop to the East Village with an expanded menu. Another restaurant, Xiao Ye, was less successful and closed after controversy over serving four loko. He created a blog called ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ and later published a memoir by the same name in 2013. He hosted ‘Cheap Bites’ on the Cooking Channel at the end of 2011 and also appeared on several episodes of ‘Unique Eats’ before leaving the Cooking Channel for ‘Vice’ where he hosts a recurring segment, also called ‘Fresh Off the Boat.’

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