Eddie and Evan Huang opened Baohaus on Christmas Eve 2009 on 137 Rivington St. in New York’s Lower East Side. The original menu consisted of the Chairman Bao, Haus Bao, and Uncle Jesse along with Bao Fries, Boiled Peanuts and Taiwanese Sodas. With that minimal menu, a Dipset/Clipse/Ghostface heavy sound track, and dreams of elevating Gua Bao from Flushing to Front St, the brothers tore down every thing people knew about Taiwanese-Chinese food and rebuilt it from the ground up.
As kids, they worked in their father’s Steakhouse down South but instead of staying, they decided to share the homestyle Taiwanese-Chinese food they ate at home. When Eddie quit his jobs as an attorney/hustler/street wear designer, they decided to set up shop in a 400 square foot, subterranean, bomb shelter at 137. They didn’t do it just to sell baos, but instead create a mouth piece for the social, cultural, and political issues they cared about. Since 2009, they’ve gone home to feed 200+ homeless families in Orlando, Won the Chow 13 for groundbreaking use of social media, stuck up for Danny Chen, opposed the Tiger Mom, and accidentally hot boxed a restaurant in plain view. Some shit be happening some time naw mean?
Baohaus isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a futuristic YMCA where brothers in snap backs and nike boots can find that motivation (I see you Jizzle!). It’s the place the brothers wish existed in their neighborhood when they were coming up. Our families came on boats, but now we on a space ship, fuck with us.
“I never rock a mink coat in the winter time like Killa Cam or rock some mink boots in the summer time like Will.I.Am, let me know if you feel it man cause every thing I’m not make me every thing I am…” – Kanye West