Wow, it's been a long hiatus! Too bad, there's been a little something called "residency application" that got in the way. But I am now back in action, and determined to try as many places as possible before graduation, just in case I will be doing my internship outside of the Big Apple.
Recently, I tried BaoHaus, a causal LES spot by a young Taiwanese American chef, who decided on a career change after graduating from law school. (Should I be doing the same thing? Hm...)
All in all, it was a pretty good experience. I didn't get to try Baohaus' signature Chairman Bao: braised all natural Berkshire pork belly, served with crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar. I suspect I didn't miss much though--- David Chang has perfected the art of pork belly bun just down the street @ Momofuku Noodle Bar. BaoHaus will be a great place to stop by for a quick bite (if you happen to be in the area) and will quench your late night craving for munchies (open till 4am on the weekends), but it's not good enough for me to make another trip just to revisit.
The menu was short, straightforward and consisted mostly of baos--- soft, pillowy, open-faced, Chinese buns--- with a variety of ingredients sandwiched in between. (Left) Uncle Jesse: organic fried tofu, served with crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Sauce, and Taiwanese red sugar.
Sweet Bao Fries: steamed then fried bao bread served with a black sesame sauce. Interesting concept. It reminded me of fried Chinese "man tao" (bun) with sweet, condensed milk.
Minced Pork on Rice: stewed Pat LaFrieda ground Duroc pork, served over white rice with bok choy, taquan pickle, cilantro, and Haus Relish.
238 East 14th St New York, NY 10002