Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Too Expensive?

So... Everyone knows I got that fire. That butter soft. I don't step on my shit: all nautral, humanely raised and braised. Out O.T. people are droppin like flies puttin MSG and color treated chinatown meat in they systems. BUT, the stupid fiends don't see the dry mouth, headaches, and bodies droppin, they just see someone in another borough with baos for less. They all, "Ayo E, your shit is the jump, but mad expensive." And I'm like SON, this is Niman Ranch Custard no borax, no b-12, no soda. The fuck you want? I'm the other guy that got your mother high. Buns like an emperor, I make geishas cry. (assist from killah)

I really want to smack people who say its too expensive at Baohaus. I remember when Chinamen and Women were EMBARRASSED to not have money. The good ol days when the gremlin keepers fought over who paid the bill and saved money by getting haircuts in bathtubs with noodle bowls. They just don't make us like they used to. My model has obviously been retired cause I don't complain that something is $1 more. Huang Model #1689 put the jersey in the rafters next to Yao Ming Model #11.

Let's do a pros and cons between me and smack your favorite wack chinatown dump.

Chinatown Pros

Its Cheap
More trains in the area (N, Q, 4, 5, etc)
They serve scorpion bowls without a liquor license (BOSS)
You get fortune cookies
The waitresses are easy


You probably just supported terrorism aka falun gong
You just supported the slaughter of pigs raised in cages that were fed their own doodies
And you will have diarrhea in t-minus 10 seconds (PRO: your jeans will look like circa '98 diesel destroyed joints so that's kinda cool)
You are most likely supporting sweatshop type hours
You are eating in a god damn tourist trap, the Taiwanese are in flushing...

Baohaus Pros

It tastes better
All natural, humanely raised meat
Sarah just posted the no pigeons video on my facebook
Victoria just told a customer she could sell ice to an eskimo
We serve people with no pants on as long as they wear ice cream gloves when ordering
We got co-signed by the motherland (TVBS)
You are supporting people who say fuck the law, don't ask me for shit, everything you get you got to work HARD for it!


If you say anything on yelp, I will probably murk you
If you act like a retard, we will talk about you in our open kitchen
The alias owner next door sometimes throws plates at people

Last but not least..... ITS ALL A LIE. All the people who say you can get gua bao for cheaper in chinatown are FULL OF SHIT. That's the funniest thing. On yelp, on twitter, its always an Asian person saying it thinking that we won't pull their card. THERE IS NO GUA BAO PERIOD in CHINATOWN.

You know what Asians, its time to stop thinking you have credibility just cause your Asian. Every single person I have messaged or asked point blank where they can get a gua bao in chinatown they shut the fuck up. If you find one, then bring it over, eat it and tell me to my face its better and cheaper. In flushing, YES, temple snacks, 66, you can get it. And its not bad. Its not as good as ours, you save $1, and you have to take the 7-train. You have to be the only Asian who spelled their name wrong on the SAT if you think that's better value.

Oh yea.... and I just fed the streets with $1 green monster sandwiches that I made with Niman Ranch Bacon ends. I didn't even cover my costs. Its a gift from me to you, die hater.

This crazy bitch lives in the building next to us

This crazy bitch lives in the building next to us. She throws plates at our window a la don't tell mom the babysitter is dead ("dishes are done"), wears gardening crocs at night and smells like the devil's butthole stuffed with rotten cabbage. Apparently (neighbors told us) she's also one of the owners of Alias. I love the staff at Alias and the food is good, but this bitch has gots to go. This is a photo of her taking a photo of steve taking a photo of baohaus. She got pissed Steve was taking photos of baohaus because apparently the flash is just too much for her old ass to handle at 9pm on a Sunday. We really hope she is not an owner at alias so we can go back there to eat without supporting the United Plate Throwing Wenches of Rivington.

More Choice Eats Photos!

More Photos from the Choice Eats Event!

The setup

Mob control

Eddie and Sarah slingin baos!

Waygu Kobe Beef and Niman Ranch Pork Belly Baos!


Our newest menu item the Wagyu bao. Here's the menu description. Go at it.

W.W.K.J.J.E.?: Imperial Wagyu Skirt Steak strictly for my ninjas. The first person to guess the acronym gets their face photoshopped on the wall. And gets the bao for free. In store submissions only...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More Photos from Demo!

The homie steven lau came through and took some photos of the URS Viewing Party and Cooking Demo! Here's Victoria from Chinatown Cake Club handing out the Yuzu Glazed Tofu Cream Cheese Twinkies we made!

Lot of heads came out to support!

Evan servin' fiends

Baohaus on TVBS

Everybody knows the key is to have the streets, especially the Taiwanese shawty dressed as Carmen Sandiego above. At Baohaus, we understand this concept. But streets are not limited by lines drawn by men or water... We are focused on the Global Takeover BONG. Thank you Taiwan, I'ma hold down the East Coast and represent for all of the stinky tofu peoples... its all good. I appreciate you recognizing who has the streets on lock. Lets just not get destroyed by big brother.

We are hiring!

All positions. If you or any friends you know want to get busy, leave a comment!

Photos from Demo and Choice Eats

Shouts to Susan Shek for the photos from our URS Viewing Party and Demo! You know daddy had to rock the King Jaffe Jo Jump-Off for the special occasion.

Choice eats was crazy. Mad hungry people with no manners trying to jack me for my food. All you see here is my head. Photos later of the ill diplomats shirt that made an appearance. BRRRRR. As Snoop once told me, "You don't love me, you just love my wagyu." We came with our a-game. Niman Pork Belly and Imperial Wagyu Skirt Steak.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Good quote on fusion cuisine

Randomly was reading about fatty cue and didn't know who this guy Zak Pelaccio is cause I didn't read food blogs or magazines until this year. I just felt discovering things on your own is more fun and part of the food experience. Either way, I never ate at his restaurant but his answer to this interview question is really dope. I mean, his answers for the entire interview gave me a boner (no homo) but this one stuck out.

"TR: What is your philosophy on food and dining?
ZP: I believe first in the quality of ingredients, local purchasing and in cooking seasonally. I also think it’s really important for food to make sense and have a sense of place. It’s clear when a dish went through an uninformed creative process, when it hasn’t really been inspired by original, nostalgic, congruent thought. I don’t believe in fusion when it’s obviously out of place, which is really common here in the U.S. I think food needs some sort of base and it’s just as important to know where your ideas come from, as it is to know where your beef comes from. Because some states of Malaysia are former British colonies, it’s normal to find these British remnants in the form of fish and chips or beans on toast at Malaysian cafes. Historically, culturally, this sort of fusion makes sense and there’s a place for it on my menu."

Will be making it to fatty cue soon. One of the best answers I've heard concerning fusion. Its not bad if its an organic localization that makes sense in terms of the food as well as the culture and history.... For instance, I love Jamaican Chinese food that happened through Chinese immigration and Chinese people making homestyle dishes with what was available in Jamaica. Cooking Chinese to me is about technique less than it is about ingredients. Obviously, some are sort of indispensable like ginger, green onions, and soy, but if you don't have ginger, maybe grab horseradish? The best dishes I've made came out of not having what I normally would use and becoming a McGyver cook. Like cheeto fried chicken. I didn't have bread crumbs so I crushed up cheetos and it was the bomb. Ghetto, but still the bomb.

Green Monster @ Baohaus Wednesday

$1 on wednesday..... you can't beat that

URS - Done!

Thanks to every one who came out to the show! I really appreciate all the support the last few months and it was cool to kick it with yall.

Someone asked me an interesting question: "Why did you do a screening of the show if you lost?"

I never thought about it that way but it was interesting. I was hustlin for most of 2009 after being laid off so 25k would have been dope, but I wasn't going to get crazy competitive or wild out over it. I'm not gonna do something I regret for 25k... its peanuts. I think its really funny that the food network tries to hype up how 25k is supposedly "life changing". Antoine Walker could spend that shit by lunch.

To me, it was fun to just do the show and at the time I had no intention of opening a restaurant. Every thing just happened when I was on craigslist looking at funny jobs and there was a casting call for recipes. I sent it in, a few months later, heard back that I got cast and the day of the shoot, I just showed up at the studio in chelsea and did it. I had a lot of fun. Watching Diners, Drive-ins, Dives, I thought Guy Fieri was gonna be a wack "Bro" but he was really down to earth, funny, and genuinely a cool dude to be around. He's honest too. Once you meet him, you see why so many heads turn out for his road shows and shit. He's the man and he deserves everything that's goin well for him right now. I think Psilakis has one of the funniest roles on television as the "tough guy" sitting next to the good housekeeping lady. I can't co-sign that homie. I was on felony-p pissing in cups during lunch breaks for 3 years, that's whats really hood.

I'll have the green monster at the restaurant so people can try it for themselves. If its wack its wack so lemme know. Asian women, please don't hurt me. Yall scare me for real. Asian women berating me about my food gives me flashbacks of my mom hitting me with giant chopsticks. I'll do it for $1 one day this week. Its easy to make at home too so i'll post recipes tomorrow. Now, I did think Alford was a good judge. She has specific feedback and understands what people are trying to do. She also is fully aware of what the show is trying to do and doesn't hold punches:

"Then the ultimate thing that we look at is this a recipe that people will want to be able to cook at home and "are the instructions manageable and doable?" If it's a fifty ingredient recipe, we pretty much think people watching are going to say, "I'm not going to do that." I want people to cook, so I'm trying to make it bring more people into the kitchen.


For my recipe, you're not going to have these ingredients at the store and I'll say it again... would be nice to have more diversity of judges. But that goes for every competition outside the olympics and people still wild over that shit haha. I actually think the green monster is great and wouldn't change anything, they just got caught up trying to "categorize" or "understand it". Its food, fucking eat it.

I took what Alford said to heart and went back into the lab. You can see that the haus bao at baohaus is significantly better and improved than what I did on the show. The show bun was still sick but it didn't have the cilantro, relish, peanut, sugar. At the time, I couldn't find the peanut powder I wanted or the right sugar. Guy talked to me after the show and told me to just work hard, stick with it, and come back better than ever, so I did. I shot the show 9/24/09, opened baohaus christmas eve exactly 3 months later. My mom speak broken English, my pops got a jehri curl, i live in a one-bedroom with 2 brothers and my girl. I don't give a fuck what people above Houston think of me. We serve pimps, players, and Asians with beepers (u love it Nasir).

"So you can pay three and buy yourself some bapestas, bulletproof on the T-shirts because they hate us.... peel money rolls till our thumbs get the paper cuts... WHO GONNA STOP US? NOT A GOD DAMN ONE OF YA" - Clipse

yea u too..... LOL