11.27.2013

New York: Momofuku Milk Bar & Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Our friends were absolutely insistent on going to at least one of the Momofuku restaurants while we were in New York. Since we had already tried Ippudo, they took us to Momofuku Ssäm Bar, which is actually their favourite anyway. Prior to that though, we dropped by Momofuku Milk Bar for some pre-meal dessert. Well, we were just waiting for our table at Ssäm Bar anyway.



Mmm the cereal milk soft serve was so good. It really does taste like the milk that has been served with cereal, which is such a brilliant idea. Very creamy and smooth. And the crushed corn flakes on the side were a nice touch.



The corn cookie... tasted like corn! Very, very odd but also delicious. The cookie itself was very soft and melt-in-your-buttery.



Alright, after dessert we had our actual meal at Ssam Bar. To start, the famous Momofuku steamed buns with pork belly, hoisin sauce, cucumbers, and scallions. I remember the first bite being a bit underwhelming, but actually it was really good. The pork belly was so soft and delicious and perfectly sliced. Very nice.



David Chang loves his hams. We got a plate of Benton's smoky mountain ham, the farm which Chang mentions 22 times in his cookbook. The ham itself is really, really nice, but with the red-eye mayonnaise, dang. Based off of red-eye gravy, this is made with a coffee base and has a slight kick to it from a little bit of sriracha and sherry vinegar. A meld of complex flavours. Good stuff.



The grilled flat iron steak was also delicious. Not as life-changing as the buns or ham/mayo though. But I mean, it was a solid dish.



The spicy pork sausage and rice cakes were really good too. Combining the Japanese styled grilled mochi with Korean style ddeokbokki? Of course! Each piece of rice cake was lightly crispy on the outside from being grilled, while having all those complex gochujang flavours from the sauce and sausage. This was really good, and I was sad I was already quite full. Overall, definitely a life-changing meal at Momofuku. I will definitely have to try out the recipes from Chang's cookbook until I get the chance to go back to New York.

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