Thursday, February 28, 2008

food.... everywhere!


My recent trip to New York was jam packed with wonderful places I visited. But most of all, New York gave my taste buds a major workout. I mainly made appearances at eateries in the Upper West Side, however I found myself trekking halfway down Manhattan to visit the famous Momofuku noodle bar, located at 171 First Avenue to get me some of those fabulous pork buns I've been hearing about.

I'd be lying if I said I heard about the pork buns word of mouth, but the truth is, I heard about them from Martha Stewart. She had David Chang (the owner) on the show a couple of months ago, and he managed to get my mouth watering from his process of curing the pork belly to steaming the buns. (No lie, but I haven't been able to get that place out of my head since.) It's an easy enough recipe, but it really takes a long time (patience is the key). But after everything is finished, it's super easy to put together.

The experience in the Momofuku Noodle Bar was amazing ... even sitting at the actual bar (instead of the communal tables) was actually pretty nice. The waiters were all really friendly, dishing out some great service. Once I ordered those buns, I ate them up super fast! I also ordered some Chicken Ramen, which I have to say tasted like nothing I've ever had before (in other words: not packaged ramen) ... but those buns were pretty filling, so I got full quickly. I say you should probably take someone with you next time if you don't want to get full too fast!

To my dismay, there is a lot more on the menu than I had originally thought, and it just makes me sad I wasn't able to try more. But everything I had was good... I'm spreading the word, even though the nearest location is over 3,000 miles away from me. If you're ever heading to NY, don't forget to visit Momofuku!


David Chang describes his restaurant as first starting out as a "mom and pop" type shop, but how it evolved into much more:

Visit: Steamed Pork Buns (MSO - watch the video, too!)
Photo credit: Martha

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At 1:43 PM, Blogger Venus ~ Vi said...


Glad to hear that you enjoyed NYC! Isn't Dean & Deluca amazing?! I want to pack up everything in the store and bring them back to Cali with me! Thank goddess that there is a location in Napa! Field trip?!

At 12:02 PM, Blogger caroline said...

hell yeah field trip to napa! holy crap. i'm SO there.


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