photo by Cliff Hawkins
photo by Cliff Hawkins
OK, OK so the main highlight was not pork but this was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Every now and then one gets to sit down with a group of friends and partake in an unbelievable meal – this was one of those opportunities. We arrived at 10pm to take part in this feast having only heard about it….
At Momofuku Noodle Bar David Chang is now featuring a fried chicken dinner that comes with two whole fried chickens, one southern style and one korean style – mu shu pancakes, long spicy peppers, baby carrots, red ball radishes, shiso leaves, bibb lettuce, four sauces and an assortment of herbs.
As if that were not enough we started the meal with some sides; sliced fluke – apple purée, celery, furikake, roasted foie gras – charred onion purée, apples, pickled shallot,nugget potatoes – benton’s bacon, poached egg, scallions, steamed buns – chicken / shiitake / pork (a few orders of each), smoked chicken wings – pickled chili, garlic, scallions, and roasted rice cakes – roasted onions, red chili pepper, sesame!
All this was served up family style between seven of us and it was unreal! I have always been a huge fan of the steamed pork buns but tried the chicken buns and I was blown away! They have a piece of crispy chicken skin on them that adds so much texture and taste… The nugget potatoes were so rich, they come with a poached egg on top that you break and stir up with all of the bacon and potatoes! The foie gras of course was amazing, fatty and just melted in my mouth…
I still cannot decide which chicken I enjoyed more (Southern or Korean). Both of them had an amazing crispy skin and were incredibly moist inside. The sauces that came with it were awesome as well. After all of that we spit two of the cousin leroy & arlo’s soft serve ice cream –soft serve – sweet potato / pie crust / twist… The pastry chef Christina Tosi blew my mind with the salty and sweet combo in this ice cream!
If you have not been to one of David Chang’s restaurants in New York [shame on you] get on it! If you want the fried chicken dinner you better call for a reservation several days in advance (its worth it trust me!). Oh and do not wear your tight jeans when you go for this meal! Thanks Adam and Sarah for hooking this one up!
Check out the Momofuku Noodle Bar Menu.