238 E 14th St
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
I can’t believe they make everyone who orders this combo say, “Straight Frush.” Must be hilarious for the waitress/cashier to see everyone speak with an Asian accent.
I chose the Haus Bao (hanger steak, crushed peanut, cilantro, relish, taiwanese red sugar), Birdhaus Bao (chicken brined overnight and fried to order, spicy seasoning, salt, cilantro, crushed peanuts), and the Chairman Bao (braised Berkshire pork belly, crushed peanut, cilantro, relish, Taiwanese red sugar).
Chairman was the classic so it was of course yummy. But it is a lot fattier than the Momofuku or Ippudo buns. Birdhaus Bao reminded me a bit of Chinese KFC (which is a really good thing! Another post on this some other time). Haus Bao was okay but a little too salty. Go for the bird.
They recently lowered their prices (good idea – was not about to come back and pay nearly Momofuku prices for this fun little hole in the wall) but have removed all combos from their menu.