Fresh Off The Boat is a memoir about the life of Eddie Huang. He has a passion for food that I admire. I am half Taiwanese, so I understand the Chinese food references that he makes. He describes a dish called Dan Dan noodles that I love. It is a spicy noodle dish with Chinese peppers, pork and green onions. He is also the only person I have read who puts tomatoes in beef noodle soup. Cooking is the most enjoyable form of creative expression for Eddie Huang. Eddie also introduces me to a dish called Salta that I haven't heard of. Salta is a stew made with carrots, onions and okra. The food reference make me very hungry, but they add to my enjoyment of the book.
Huang also writes candidly about the prejudice and discrimination he has faced in his life. Eddie shares his experience of being rejected for a newspaper job because of his appearance. He has also been called derogatory Chinese slang names because of his race. He talks about his experiences with drug abuse in this memoir too. Reading about his passion for learning is one of my favorite things about the book. His experiences about going to college and law school is just more proof that education can transform a person's life. Huang makes many references to hip hop artists and songs that I do not know, but that does not prevent me from enjoying this book. He owns a successful restaurant called Baohaus in New York. This restaurant serves a variety of Chinese dumplings. Baohaus serves a broccoli dumpling and a curry pork chop dumpling that I would love to try. Eddie Huang is living proof that anyone can transform their life with hard work and determination.
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