So I went down a crazy Eddie Huang rabbit hole to end up watching this. First I watched Always be my Maybe and really liked Randall Park, so then I watched Freah Off the Boat to see more of him, then that brought me to Huangs World because I wanted to know why the kid had a show about his childhood.
Huangs World follows Eddie Huang around the globe as he tries different food and cultures… Although the show is TECHNICALLY about the food its obvious that the food is just a common ground for Eddie to talk to these people about their way of life, history, and problems. I really like that. The food pays a part, but i’m watching TV, I don’t want to look at food the whole time that I can’t eat. Its like a small and fun documentary in every episode.
Let’s talk about Eddie, because without him this doesn’t work. Eddie is a second generation immigrant from China that made his fame and fortune through restaurants and business. He doesn’t seem like that kind of guy though. Eddie is a huge fan of rap, a subject he knows a lot about and adopted into his own signature style. He’s also really rowdy, not at all shy about his love of clubs, parties, booze, and weed. What comes as a surprise though is the times when he is truly smart and knowledgeable, speaking to people all over with respect and dignity.
Huangs world was cancelled after only a couple seasons, but those were amazing times. Eddie was never shy about asking the big questions and really inserting himself into the culture when he wanted to. Sure, it got really political every now and again, but that’s just who he is. And like I said, it’s not really about the food. It’s about him and the places he goes.