Initially pursuing dentistry, Phillip Kim turned tides into the food truck industry, opening Breaking Bao in 2016. He came to realize his knack for business as well as food, and he began committing his time to the kitchen, harnessing his palate to develop unique and compelling flavor combinations. He fell in love with the concept of bao as a vessel for flavors, and after a four-month stint working on the Chi’Lantro food truck in Austin, he decided to launch his own. After two years of serving the streets of Houston, Phillip will open a permanent location at Politan Row, a food hall expansion project located in the heart of Rice Village. Expect an expansion of the beloved truck’s Asian menu with new bao creations, small plates, and soups to accompany past signatures off the truck.

What tasting are you presenting? Why do you think this tasting paves the next wave of food trends?

Asian inspired Chile con Queso topped with Thai Beef Laab w/ Remy XO served with wonton chips.

The regional flavors of Tex-Mex blend well with Asian ingredients, especially when it comes to spices. We'd like to show our experience living in the South and give this party tray staple an Asian twist.

Just as Tex-Mex was born with the growing melting pot that is Texas today, our version of a Tex-Mex staple is further evolved from its beginnings. It's a direct representation of the future cultural growth taking place here in Houston, and we believe a natural next step in cuisine.

What does the future of Asian food look like?

The future of Asian food looks incredibly bright. The same food that we were once jeered at for bringing to lunch tables at school is now the hottest growing cuisine in the world. This trend will continue to grow, and you'll begin to see more Asian flavors on non-Asian menus world wide.

Asian cuisine runs so deep in options and complexity we don't see a shortage of ideas coming anytime soon. You will definitely see more intermingling of Asian and Western ingredients, and we're excited to see the changes that would come in flavors and cuisines in the EU and SA.

What does celebrating 10 lucky years of LUCKYRICE mean to you?

It feels great to be a part of an ongoing event, let alone one that is able to span a decade. It shows that there is a demand and room for growth to share Asian culture throughout society, and it's exciting to be able to be a part of that.

Break bao with Phillip Kim at Houston’s Astorian at the LUCKYRICE Night Market of the Future presented by Rémy Martin on Thursday, October 24th, 2019

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