Remember when chef Sheridan Su sold bao, Chinese steamed buns filled with pork belly and roasted duck, from his Great Bao stall in a nail salon? If he can lure the masses in with two hot plates and a steamer, imagine what he can do with a full kitchen. Coming in the second week of January, Su will have just that, when he teams up with the Eureka Casino on East Sahara Avenue to open Fat Choy, with what he calls an “expanded menu, with a lot of cool appetizers, and then a lot of composed plates.”
Teddy’s, the classic coffee shop named for Eureka owner and Lee family patriarch Teddy Lee, will quietly shut its doors to make way for the new venue. The moniker, which means “prosperity,” may be Asian, but Su’s menu will encompass both the Asian fare for which he is best known, plus a few Teddy’s holdovers. “We’re going to keep the burgers, and the Philly cheesesteak, which was the No. 1 seller at Teddy’s,” he says.
The rest of the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu stems from Su’s Chinese and Asian background. “Really, they’re foods I’ve been cooking my entire life, they’re foods that I grew up with,” Su says. “For me, growing up in Los Angeles and living in New York and Boston, it’s those places and those tastes. They all make up what the menu is going to be.”
And have no fear: Su has reassured us that what catapulted him into our culinary consciousness will still be featured prominently on the Fat Choy menu, plus he’s still got his gourmet food truck. “We’re still going to have the bao. This is the evolution of Great Bao.”