Well that was quick. After a short shutter and a simple sign flip, it looks like Eddie Huang’s Baohaus is now up and running at Far East Plaza in Chinatown. That is to say, you can start eating bao right this very second.
After a quick friends and family event over the weekend, Huang and company decided to roll back the gate and get things going at the small mostly takeaway space right next to Howlin’ Ray's. After all, the menu is simple enough to start — just four types of bao (pork, chicken, fish, and tofu), plus taro root fries.
Not much else has been done to delay the place any further. The counter set-up from the old Pok Pok Phat Thai days is essentially the same, and some black paint has been liberally used inside, but otherwise it’s business as usual for the takeout option.
Expect soft-opening hours for Baohaus for now, with eventual extension beyond lunch and into dinner. In fact, the team isn't even certain what their hours will be yet, so take note and have a backup plan if you're trying to make it in over the next few days.
The move to open this month should help herald in another round of explosive growth across Chinatown, with upcoming projects as varied as a wine bar down by the rail line and a standalone outpost of Highland Park Brewery closer to Lincoln Heights.