If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked chef, Fresh Off the Boat author, and Viceland host Eddie Huang (whose new e-book Single Asiatic Male Seeks Ride or Die Chick is out now) about the gummy bears, scented lotion, and sneakers he can’t live without.
I lost a lot of weight last year with intermittent fasting and just eating a lot less, but I still missed gummy bears, and I’d sneak out at night while wifey was sleeping and go eat a bag on the block over a trash can. It was some real junkie shit. So she found this brand of gummies that are 90 calories, and now I don’t have to cheat on her with gelatin.
I don’t want to think too much about what I’m wearing day to day, so I have a uniform approach. I wear the same pants, shoes, and a few tops, then switch it up every six months. These are a pair I like, and I’ll also wear these Willy Chavarria pants, but in black.
I would say pimento and Scotch bonnet peppers are the defining aromatics of Jamaican food. Japanese food has bonito flakes and the shiso leaf; Sichuan has the peppercorn and dried chile; barbecue is married to paprika and sugar. I use a lot of Chinese technique at home, but by substituting Scotch bonnet peppers for red chile and pimento for anise, it’s fundamentally redefined a lot of my cooking and brings me back to the Chinese-Jamaican spots in Kingston, the Cuban-Chinese diners uptown, or the Taiwanese-Dominican food my dad’s friend used to make.