ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” Premieres Tonight

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“it’s the best broadcast comedy of the new season, a daring but good-hearted sitcom about the complexities of identity–about not only being different but being different from the different.”

New York Times Best-Selling Author and Chef Eddie Huang of Union Square’s BaoHaus (238 East 14th Street) is making his foray into network television. ABC will be premiering a new comedy series Fresh Off the Boat twice tonight at 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM,* inspired by Huang’s memoir bearing the same name.

BaoHaus opened up in Union Square in 2011 and specializes in traditional Taiwanese buns such as the popular Birdhaus Bao filled with all natural fried chicken brined for 24 hours, topped with a lemon-garlic aioli, and the Chairman Bao that is brimming with braised Berkshire pork belly and Haus Relish, both served with crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar and cilantro.  BaoHaus offers a fresh spin on the traditional Taiwanese street food with specialty menu items such as the Cheetos Chicken Bao, which is only served Monday-Wednesday. Manager Steven Lau recalls that the crispy, cheesy crusted chicken bao made up nearly 90% of all orders the day it was introduced last year.

In addition to breaking new ground on the culinary front, Huang’s “Fresh Off the Boat” series will also be the first network sitcom to star an Asian-American family in 20 years.  Make plans to stop by 14th Street to pick up some fresh Baos for dinner tonight while watching the show’s premiere.

*The show will move to its regular night and time on Tuesday, February 10th at 8 PM.