Previously on The Blog About Nothing... in London!

  • tamp Tamp
    Coffee Time in Chiswick
  • zucca Zucca
    Last meal in Bermondsey
  • francomanca Franco Manca
    Great Pizza now in Covent Garden
  • flavourly Flavourly
    Beer Delivery in London
  • workshopcoffee Workshop Coffee
    Coffee and more Coffee
  • Wokshop Wok Shop
    Best Dumplings in Berlin
  • mustafas Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap
    Long queues and a complete tourist trap
  • beerberlin Beer Garden Time in Berlin
    Eins Bier Bitte
  • grindcoffee Grind Coffee
    Coffee Time in Putney
  • kalamaras Kalamaras
    A Piece of Greece in London
  • coffeeberlin Berlin
    Coffee Time in Berlin
  • sambaswirl Samba Swirl
    Froyo Time in Chiswick
  • tarantella Tarantella
    Another Italian Place in Chiswick
  • wharf The Wharf
    A lovely Restaurant by the Thames in Teddington
  • fiveguys Five Guys
    American Invasion
  • phene The Phene
    Great local pub for a drink in Chelsea
  • mangotree Mango Tree
    Great but Expensive Dim Sum Place

Momo + Fuku = Ssam [On The Road: New York]

A place I had to go while in the big apple was Momofuku Ssam. I enjoyed so much Noodle Bar that my first stop when back was another David Chang’s place. A casual loud informal restaurant, opened in 2006, awarded Bib Gourmand by the Michelin guide 2012, and restaurant 37 in the Restaurant Magazine's world 50 best restaurants, do you need more reasons to go?

The place
Got to the place with Marisol, we were tempted to get the whole rotisserie duck ssam, but desisted at the end and went for a journey through the menu and taste different dishes. We started with the steamed bun, pork belly, hoisin, cucumber, and scallions, it was classic, it was tasty, it was greatness, it was pork belly. Then more pork belly, in a BBQ bun, crispy pork belly, coleslaw, and smoked mayo, even better, seriously what can be better than pork belly, basically crispy and more! Pork belly, no doubts, the coleslaw and mayo played perfectly. Then a dry aged sirloin tartare, with watermelon, radish, spinach, and nori, decomposed presentation, so have fun mixing everything, the nori gives a special crunchiness to the dish.

Decomposed time
Steamed buns
Crispy pork belly

Next striped bass, kabocha squash curry, green mango, and peanut, nice balance with the mild squash curry, the mango and the peanuts. After that we got the poached chicken, sticky rice, hedgehog mushrooms, and black garlic, nice good flavours, but not the main attraction of the night to be honest. And for desert the pear sorbet, was weirdly nice, a struck of geniality, the sweetness of the sorbet in balance with the power of the blue cheese, and the flakes giving you a crunchy texture, just magic, a tasty fight between sweet and sour.

Poached chicken
Sea bass
Definitely any of David Chang's restaurants is a must if you're in Manhattan, high end Asian comfort food

Need a chopstick?
Usually you have to call in advance to order the duck, that reminds me the Seinfeld episode "The Couch"
Elaine: I heard Poppie's was good, let's go 
Jerry: I'm not going there. Didn't he get busted by the Board of Health? 
Kramer: That was in the past, Jerry, as it happens, New York Magazine just judged his kitchen to be one of the cleanest in the city. They got a duck there, you think you died and went to heaven 
Elaine: Ooh! I love duck, come on, come on! 
Kramer: Yeah, but you got to order it two days in advance. You know, I'm going to call him, I'm going to order the duck for you

Momofuku Ssam
T: +1 212 254 3500
Asian Cuisine
Approx Damage: $45pp
Area: East Village
Borough: Manhattan
Twitter: momofuku
Momofuku Ssäm Bar on Urbanspoon


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