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What Eddie Huang Can’t Live Without

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 used to wear shoes that looked like the Incredible Hulk fucked a grape soda, but nowadays I just wear black, white, and red sneakers. These have been my shoes for the last few months.

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.

The best dollar-for-dollar rum in the world.

I stay at the Edition just to steal as much lotion as I can. I have not bought Eucerin or cocoa butter since I stayed in this hotel for Art Basel and filled an entire duffel bag of lotion. But this week, they caught on to me and started leaving half-size mini-bottles in my room. I will be filing a complaint.

I write — and box — to this song a lot.

I remember going to comic-book shops. I remember hanging outside record stores waiting for albums to drop on Tuesday. I always wanted to work in the video store. But all that shit is gone and it really upsets me. The last video store in L.A. is Cinefile, and it’s usually my first stop when I’m there. It’s a shame on all of us for letting the comic-book, video, and record stores die.

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What Eddie Huang Can’t Live Without