It was snowing, Jasiri and I were toasty, and we took to the streets, making our way to find the perfect meal for that moment in time. I had Baohaus on my list, so off we went skipping into the cold white night. We pulled up some chairs at the communal table and I took to ordering, with his encouragement of course. I almost wanted to say “one of everything” but realized that would be a bit too nuts – but these munchies were real! #thestruggle
First thing that jumped off the menu was the Coffin Bao, made with fried chicken, cilantro and chili condensed milk. The bao actually tasted a much like a donut and I swear it wasn’t my imagination. I will never forget Jasiri’s face as he took his first bite, it has to be one of the greatest moments of my life; there’s a noise he makes when something is new + delicious that I swear is the most beautiful sound I have ever heard. The combination of salty and sweet hit the spot, surpassed it I dare say. After we finished those babies we moved onto the Chaiman Bao, compromising of braised Berkshire pork belly, crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar. Hallelujah, these were a revelation! The pork belly was melt in our mouths delicious and I swear we moaned with each bite. Did I mention that Baohaus was also playing Chief Keef and other modern rap classics?
If you think I am going to continue to gush about this late night meal, you are absolutely correct, as there were no misses whatsoever. OK, maybe that they offered Pepsi instead of Coke – which we only ordered because they ran out of lemonade! The last bao up to bat was the Wagyu Haus Bao made with Snake River Farms Steak and served with Haus relish, crushed peanut, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro. As expected from wagyu beef, the meat was tender and soft to the chew. The flavor was vibrant and savory without feeling heavy. To round out our order, we shared a basket of hand cut taro fries with an accompanying special sauce. We left our late night destination with full hearts and full stomachs.
238 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003