The Chairman Truck

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Details
The Presidio Off The Grid
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 813-8800
Food Truck, Chinese
$
Hours
Fri: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM

BEST FOOD TRUCKS 2012: #29

 

You might not remember this, but San Francisco’s Chairman Bao Bun Truck really stuck in the craw of onetime New York City restaurateur turned food and pop culture commentator Eddie Huang. Apparently, it was a bit much that another business serving Asian food took the word "bao" and deigned use it in the name of their food truck. "I'm 28 years old, I opened the restaurant last year, I did it all with my own money," Huang told SF Weekly’s BuzzMachine. "Street trucks are like independent businesses, many times ethnic. To co-opt something like this reeks of corporations." Then he started talking about suing them, too. If that’s the case, Roy Choi should basically have sued every food truck across the country.

 

Regardless, the Chairman Bao Bun Truck did change its name to The Chairman (won't that upset Food Network's Iron Chef somersault personality Mark Dacascos?), and still draws lines for its simple menu of steamed and baked buns, which are known for having featured pork belly with pickled daikon, crispy garlic tofu with miso greens, red sesame chicken with pickled carrots and cucumber. — Arthur Bovino, 11/13/2012

 

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Foursquare Tips

  • The Pork Belly bun is #31 on 7x7's Big Eat 2012 list!
  • Impressed by both: steamed and baked buns. Love the pork belly and the hot chicken.
  • Ridiculously expensive dim sum for marginally better taste than restaurant dim sum.
  • Great pork belly bun!
  • Steam my buns.
  • One baked bun or two steamed buns are enough for lunch. If you're really hungry, get one baked and one steamed.
  • The pork belly bun is divine, you must get this
  • Authentic Chinese food! Definitely try them if you see them!
  • Even with two CA restaurants, the Chairman draws a crowd during lunch hour. This Bay Area staple is known for its bao-centric eats, so order the steamed pork belly buns topped with pickled veggies.
  • Spicy chicken = best bun
  • Get one of each bun. Yes, even tofu. The spicy chicken one is my favorite.
  • What they sell.. it's delicious baked and steamed!
  • The Steamed Bao are delicious. Great mix of tasty protein, flavorful veggies and sauces. All are worth trying.
  • Check out Chairman Bao as seen on Eat Street
  • They have a small menu of steamed & baked buns with exotic fillings (including a great vegetarian offering), but everything is unique, well-prepared, & fresh. There's always a line but worth the wait.
  • Only 1 veggie option - tofu. Its either steamed or baked. Must try the steamed.
  • Rank order: Pork belly, then miso tofu, then cola steamed!
  • Vegetarians, get the steamed tofu, it's soooo good! 2 is always the right portion for me.
  • Spicy chicken and cola braised pork buns are the way to go!
  • The steamed bun w pork is always amazing