As you may have guessed from that fuzzy peach (haha!) -- well, and from the title of the post, duh -- we ate at Momofuku Ssäm Bar while in New York.
"we do not serve vegetarian friendly items"
We sat at the counter. There's another blurry photo; this time, of the interior.
I apologize in advance because every photo we have is blurry. I blame the descending darkness while we were eating.
American Wagyu - cucumber, ponzu
I've never had wagyu previous to this. Not bad. The accompaniments to the beef were nice, but I don't think my unsophisticated palate detected anything too special about the beef itself.
Crispy Pig's Head - lime pickle, peach
Grilled Baby Octopus - chorizo, pickled fennel, Piperade oil
Both of the above dishes were also nice.
Of course, we had to order "the" pork belly bun.
Steamed Buns - pork belly, hoisin, cucumbers, scallions
Supposedly, one is to eat this with hot sauce. So that's what we did.
So how was it? Not bad. But nothing spectacular.
Of course, how could it be spectacular compared to our Taiwanese Gua Bao 刮包 (Pork Belly Bun)?!?!?
Ice Cream Pie - sweet corn cereal milk, tristar strawberries
Dessert was OK. I was drawn in by the promise of sweet corn ice cream... but I don't recall it being too corn-y at all.
JS and I were also not that full from the meal. Did we not order enough?
All in all, the food was not bad, pretty good. I don't know about all the hype. It was pleasant enough. Did we not order the correct items? Did we go to the wrong Momofuku?
The Most Memorable Part of the Evening
I went to the bathroom and chuckled out loud when I saw that their hand dryers were of the XLERATOR brand. Why?
Back in 2006, while at the airport in London, I went to the bathroom and experienced the XLERATOR experience.
See there near the nozzle, it says: "FEEL THE POWER".
I placed my hands under and WHOA!
"FEEL THE POWER" is right!
It was the same XLERATOR experience at Momofuku Ssäm Bar.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
New York, NY
Visited in August 2009
We ate all the food below -- and more -- in 4 days! Insane. See how: NYC Eating Extravaganza (August 2009)
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