We first encountered New York chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang a few years ago when he fired the metaphorical warning shots that eventually made the San Francisco food truck Chairman Bao bow down. A lawyer himself, Huang had already been using the name for a signature item at his Baohaus and knew he didn't have to sit idly by while this newcomer gained fame for the name.
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|Eddie Huang appears at Omnivore Books on Feb. 4.|
When we met him in Manhattan in late 2010, Huang -- who had also clocked hours as a standup comedian -- gave us some alternate name suggestions to bring back home to the S.F. truck. He thought that that it could be rechristened after some other great leader in Chinese history, like Long Duk Dong Bao. Or Connie Chung Bao. Not a huge surprise from someone known to call himself Magic Dong Huang.
Chairman Bao is now the Chairman Truck and Eddie Huang is now an author with the publication of his memoir, Fresh Off The Boat, with a VICE web series of the same name. Huang is about to make his third-ever trip to San Francisco, but this time he comes in peace. He'll be interviewed by fellow author Adam Mansbach at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Omnivore Books (3885A Cesar Chavez).
We know the digits for the Magic Dong, so we gave Huang a call.
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