Eddie's first stop in the Bay Area is Oakland, where he hangs with a local biker gang that shows hipsters how to shoot guns and hunt for rabbit. After a few gruesome hours in the Oakland outback, they head back to the clubhouse to shoot the shit, throw back a few cold ones, and talk about the disconnect between people and the process it takes to put meat on their plates. Then they cook up a delicious meal of southern-style deep-fried rabbit.
After Oakland, Eddie heads to the Mission District in San Francisco with the girls who run a pop-up, street dining gig in the city, Rice Paper Scissors. Their Vietnamese food is some of city's best and brings buddies together to cook and hang out wherever they find space. The RPS girls show Eddie their go-to food spots to prep for their meals, before grilling up octopus, drinking rice wine and talking food as culture's gateway drug.
Eddie kicks it with Julez of the Barber Gang, a crew of Filipinos who cut fades and liners in San Francisco's Little Manila. First Eddie gets a fresh cut and hangs with local rap group The Jealous Guys, before heading off to Julez's favorite Filipino joint to talk chicken adobo, and how sisig could become the next sushi. Also in this episode, Eddie dives into the art of the Mission burrito, giving you a locals only tour ending with him crowning his personal favorite.
Taiwan has a complex cultural blend embedded in its history that has given it a character unlike any other place in the world.
In the first of three Fresh Off the Boat: Taiwan episodes, Eddie gets hopped up on betel nut, gives a survey at his favorite delicacies at Shilin night market, and goes late-night shrimping.
We found ourselves in some interesting scenarios, and they all highlight the endearing sense of humor that pulsates through Taiwanese culture. If there’s one thing we came away with, it was that Taiwan knows how to have fun.
In the second episode of our Taiwanese adventure, Eddie trips down to the Southern tip of the country to vibe with its burgeoning surf culture. He parties on the beach, almost gets eaten by the ocean, and then kicks back with some kiwi before heading back to Taipei.
The family edition of Fresh off the Boat brings you father-son hang time with Eddie and his dad in Taipei. The Huang men catch up over the most meticulously crafted dumplings in the world, and pay visit to Eddie's grandpa's resting place in Yang Ming Shan.
In the first part of the LA episode, Eddie rolls through Tehrangeles and shops for Persian rugs that cost as much as cars, eats brain and tongue sandwiches, and tests out magical saffron ice cream before ending the night at Little Tehran's most famed hookah spot.
Eddie links with LA food truck King, Roy Choi, in East LA to eat corn tortilla tacos and talk about how they've chosen to live the food life.
The Techniques have settled down since the old days of the infamous LA car club wars. Now they're family men, riding low with their kids sitting shot gun instead of a shotgun riding shot gun. In this episode, Eddie spends a Sunday afternoon with the club, riding around in their candy painted lowriders, enjoying the California sun, and swapping barbecue secrets.
In this episode of Fresh Off The Boat, Eddie heads back to Taiwan to get heavy into the heavy metal scene - face paint, screaming lessons, and furry pink pillows. A long the way Eddie makes a quick pitstop to taste Taiwan's famous "little snacks" in Gongguan before debating the pros and cons of Taiwanese independence over a home cooked meal with local Metal group, CHTHONIC.
In this episode of Fresh Off The Boat, Eddie's trip to Taiwan brings him to the soy milk district, Yung Ho Doujiang, for a Taiwanese breakfast feast. Then he's off to Normal University for a one man cosplay fashion show before winding down with some slightly underwhelming German sausages served in a toilet bowl.
It's all about the historical for the last episode in Taipei. Eddie spends an afternoon on Shenkeng Old Street soaking up deep rooted traditions. He hits up the Randall Cunningham of stinky tofu restaurants, explores ancient Eastern medicine with cupping therapy on his thrown out back, and finally kicks back with a tea ceremony.
In Miami, Eddie jumps on board the Bangbus for a drive through Hialeah with porn star Jada Stevens. Eddie takes Jada to Morro Castle for his favorite fritas before witnessing her make a few unsuspecting guys' days. Lives? Whatever. After work, Eddie and Jada wine and dine over Argentinian in South Beach and get real on the misconceptions of her career.
Eddie links up with 2 Live Crew rapper Uncle Luke at Club Rolexx in Opa-Locka to taste Luke's pick of the best BBQ in town. Case and point, the cars lined up in the lot come more for the food than the girls. After eating sauced up St Louis ribs and smoked chicken, Eddie and the "Mayor of Miami" take a stroll down the street to another of Luke's hood favorites, the conch truck.
Eddie follows Chef Creole to the heart of Little Haiti where food is paramount to the neighborhood's steadfast Creole roots. The two stop at Creole's kitchen and trade techniques before grilling up a 100 lb pig and serving it up at the Dolphins tailgate. Bookending Fresh off the Boat's season finale, Creole's clan brings Eddie out on Biscayne Bay to barbecue steak and vibe out, Haitian style.