BaoHaus pop-up at Toki Underground

Erik Bruner-Yang (left) and Eddie Huang (center) and Eddie’s brother Evan (right) in the kitchen:

Eddie & Erik at the BaoHaus pop-up at Toki Underground

Patrons waiting patiently in line (order the bao’s to-go if you don’t like waiting in line):

The line for the BaoHaus pop-up at Toki Underground

The night’s menu:

BaoHaus pop-up at Toki Underground menu

Eddie Huang in the kitchen at Toki Underground

These soft doughy buns make Eddie’s baos irresistible; the ingredients in the center make them exceptional:

Eddie Huang working in the kitchen at Toki Underground

A place setting for the BaoHaus pop-up at Toki Underground

The Chairman Bao (Berkshire pork belly, crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish and Taiwanese red sugar):

Chairman Bao at the BaoHaus pop-up at Toki Underground

The ambiance at Toki Underground

The Haus Bao (Creekstone beef cheek, crushed peanuts, cilantro, Haus Relish and Taiwanese red sugar):

The Haus Bao at the BaoHaus pop-up at Toki Underground

In lieu of dessert, we imbibed this plum Sake (no dessert during the pop-up):

Junmai Ume Sake at Toki Underground

The amazing Kimchi Hakata, available every day at Toki Underground:

The Kimchi Hakata Ramen at Toki Underground

DJ Jesse Tittsworth preparing for the night’s set:

DJ Tittsworth setting up for the BaoHaus pop-up at Toki Underground

Last night was the first time Eddie Huang from Baohaus NYC and Erik Bruner-Yang from Toki Underground got together in a kitchen. The results were resoundingly brilliant, a tale many loyal and patient patrons waited 3.5 hours to be a part of. Was it worth the wait? Let me just say that I ate so many baos & ramen that the kitchen may have to close early as a result. Eddie’s Taiwanese bao, a soft doughy steamed bun filled with a variety of savory toppings (an Asian sandwich if you will) are what food dreams are made of. The texture of the cloud-like bao combined with excellent ingredients like pork belly, beef cheek and tofu are quite magical. And Toki’s ramen, well, we’ve written long paragraphs extolling its virtues Here. To top off the evening, guests were serenaded by Jesse Tittsworth, the internationally lauded DJ, producer, and fellow foodie whose dub-step style music brings everyone to the yard.

It was a food/music/art event unlike any other we’ve ever been to in Washington DC. And if you missed it last night, you have another chance to catch it tonight. It’s worth the wait.