November 7, 2012

Momofuku Noodle Bar (NYC)

It was a rainy day that we went to Momofuku Noodle Bar in NYC. We had just gotten poured on while attempting to take a walk through Central Park, and this lunch could not have been more welcomed.
Compared to rice cakes I had at Toronto's Noodle Bar, this version of brisket rice cakes ($14) with spinach, pickled red onions and fried egg was far superior! The flavours were homey, comforting, and so perfect on a rainy day. When we cut open the fried egg, the golden yolk spilled out beautifully to coat each and every one of the rice cakes, adding a lovely, velvety creaminess.
This was my second experience with Momofuku's famous pork buns ($10). I believe I lucked out because my pork bun had an extraordinarily huge slab of pork belly! (My friends were indeed quite envious). In general, the pork buns here were the biggest amongst the three Momofuku's I've been to (Sydney, NYC and Toronto). Perhaps I was tired, hungry, or maybe it was just the rain, but the pork bun that day was more delicious than I could ever imagine.
Next up, smoked chicken wings ($12) were rather ordinary, but nonetheless tasty. Given a second chance, I probably would have ordered something more unique.
As we all know, a hot bowl of noodles is the perfect remedy for a rainy day. Jeremy and I shared a Momofuku ramen ($16) with pork belly, pork shoulder and poached egg. It was a decent bowl of ramen, for sure, but it doesn't quite measure up to the pork buns. However, I really enjoyed the soft poached egg, and I must say that they cook their eggs here quite well.
Another friend tried the corn ramen ($15) with pork belly, pickled bok choy, and scallion. Other than the addition of corn, this didn't seem drastically different than our Momofuku ramen. For dessert, we tried cantaloupe honey soft serve ($5), which was rather strange. I'm not sure if it was the combination with the honey, but the cantaloupe flavour was so intense that it was borderline bitter. The texture of the soft serve was great, and it would've been superb if not for that slight bitter aftertaste.
On the whole, we weren't extremely impressed with the ramen here (and hence I didn't feel compelled to order it in Toronto as well). However, the pork buns were truly amazing and the best I've ever had, even compared to those offered at other Momofuku locations.
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9 comments:

  1. It might not be raining today, but I now officially want a bowl of ramen.

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