A peek at what our founder and benevolent overlord is reading today: a nasty culinary intellectual property dispute between Momofuku's David Chang and Chipotle's Steve Ells.
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Momofuku Ko turned five this year, and to celebrate David Chang and his crew brought back some of the classic dishes from years gone by for a limited two night engagement. The ten course menu featured classic dishes from the restaurant's history.
Jeff Bell, the head bartender at PDT in New York's East Village, knew that whiskey was the way to bring out the essence of Momofuku Milk Bar's cereal milk.
Corn and grain whiskey, plus honey liqueur, showcase the grainy goodness of Momofuku Milk Bar's cereal milk in PDT's splendid Cereal Milk Punch.
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in Momofuku with friends eating a whole pork shoulder, slow roasted so the skin turns out crispy and the flesh very tender, and served with rice, kimchi, and scallion oil. I was enjoying myself immensely except for one tiny problem: there wasn't enough skin to go around the table. That's where the hocks and trotters come in.
With 15 chefs cooking 15 courses for Clio's 15th Anniversary dinner, if food is really the new rock (as some claim it to be) and chefs the new rockstars, this was like the Bonnaroo of meals. That would make me the roadie of the meal, lending a hand here and there, mostly just honored to work with such talent. Take a behind-the-scenes look at all the action and the food.
Adapted from The Art of Simple Food. [Photograph: Blake Royer] About the author: Blake Royer is a food writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Chicago; he has been writing for Serious Eats since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter...
When I hear that a bar or restaurant is using things like liquid nitrogen and centrifuges, my immediate reaction is to roll my eyes and think "gimmick." But to think that of Booker & Dax would be judging too soon. Despite their use of high-tech equipment, they remain a bar completely grounded in quality ingredients, balanced flavors, and a healthy respect for the classics. As Dave says, he's not into the "shotgun" style of bartending—that is, mixing a dozen different ingredients together—you're far more likely to find two to four ingredients cocktails at Booker & Dax. For him, technology is much more about purifying flavors and speeding up work flow than fancy special effects (of course, you get a bit of that too).
Many of the recipes from the Momofuku cookbook are a bit too complicated for a weeknight, requiring more time (and ingredients) than what's usually featured on Dinner Tonight. But with good timing, I'm happy to report, the famous ssäm lettuce wraps are well within reach. Preparing the condiments and rice while the steak took a bath in its marinade—apple juice, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil—I was able to pull this recipe off in under an hour.
It's not on the menu, but ask, and if you're lucky, you shall receive.
Here's our CliffsNotes version of Momofuku Ssäm Bar's new duck lunch: Go. Bring a friend. Order the duck bun and the rotisserie duck over rice, with scallion pancakes, and share those two plates. If you're of hearty appetite, add a side of broccoli (if you're down with fishy-creamy dressing; we are) or potatoes (if you like your potatoes soaked in rotisserie drippings; we do). You will leave full of duck and very happy. There's more to say, of course; but really. Duck bun. Rotisserie duck. Remember those two things.
Baked for the 2010 Serious Eats Cookie Swap "The original recipe is found here. I picked this because I like the original Momofuku cookie, and this recipe gets you the same cookie, but in a smaller doses." —Blondie of Blondie...
This adaptation of Momofuku's chicken wings is everything the official recipe is not: Namely simple, quick, and immediately satisfying.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] I couldn't help but gave a little cheer when the current soft-serve flavors ($4.15) at Momofuku Milk Bar were introduced. Many flavors from past seasons were too inventive for my tastes (barbecue?), but this time...
It's hard to argue with a huge bowl of steaming hot, salty, meaty broth with a pile of bouncy noodles to slurp and tender, slow-cooked pork belly. But there's a difference between ramen-I'd-eat-for-a-quick-and-filling-meal (any), and ramen-so-good-it's-worth-a-national-obsession (rare). These days, there are Manhattan neighborhoods that are almost as dense with ramen-ya as a Tokyo train station. Our goal: to cull the good from the great.
Momofuku Noodle Bar 171 First Avenue, New York NY 10003; map); momofuku.com Service: Downtown casual Compare to:Momofuku Ssam Bar, Ma Peche Cost: Lunch Prix Fixe: 3 courses, $30 While Momofuku Noodle Bar has typically been the most accessible of...
I was literally giddy when I first ran across this recipe from the blog Momofuku for 2. The mix of fatty, salty bacon with the spicy, acidic kimchi felt like a perfect way to dress up this leftover rice standard. I immediately thought of the Kogi truck's kimchi quesadilla, another slightly unhinged creation that's bold, spicy, and definitely not low-cal. I couldn't wait.
Momofuku Ssam Bar 207 2nd Avenue, New York NY 10003 (at 13th Street, map); 212-254-3500; momofuku.com Service: Casual bar service Must Haves: Pork buns, spicy rice cakes, grapefruit cream pie Price: $25 for three courses Notes: Lunch is served...
"The move uptown has not changed the food radically but it has changed the dynamic of eating it." Má Pêche 15 West 56th Street, New York NY 10019; map); 212-757-5878; momofuku.com/ma-peche Service:A major upgrade in formality from the downtown Momos...
As a regular indulgence, beef seven ways would surely shorten your life. But as a once-a-year feast, I can think of few better ways for serious beef eaters to get a serious cow fix. It represents the best of chef Tien Ho's cooking and Momofuku mastermind David Chang's influence—brilliant in conception and in execution, something that Chang's restaurants sometimes aren't in tandem.