So, I’ve been adding quite a few blog posts about food, mainly because I’ve been eating a lot. BUT, I’ve also been exercising so that makes it ok — right?
Anyway, Momofuku Noodle Bar was amazing. Two words — Pork buns! Momofuku is an Asian Fusion cuisine well known for its ramen and pork buns. My lovely friend Amanda treated me here for my birthday. It was actually on my bucket list of restaurants I wanted to try in NYC, so you can imagine my excitement.
Once we got there, we chose to sit where all the action was, at the bar where we can watch how the cooks made these delicious pork buns. The ambiance was nice, very modern and trendy. Now, I wish I could say the same about the service; it could have been better. Talking to our waitress was like talking to a piece of toast — dry. And I wasn’t alone; Amanda felt the same way. We had no choice but to joke about it. We looked around and observed the service at other tables and no one else seemed to be having the same problem. So, I guess we were out of luck in that department. Besides our dull waitress, I was really excited to eat!
To start off, we had an order of the brussels sprouts and an order of beets. YUMMY! I know it sounds super healthy but the brussels sprouts had apples and hazelnuts mixed in them which really brought out the taste, and the beets were seasoned with radish and thai basil — delicious!
Next, we had the pork buns. My mouth is literally watering as I type this post, that’s how tasty they were! Inside of the buns were fresh cucumbers (which added a little crunch and went really well with the unbelievably juicy, tender pork), scallions and sweet hoisin sauce. The combination of the moist pork, crunchy cucumbers, and sweet hoisin sauce on a fluffy bun has to be one of the best inventions in food history.
We wanted to try something other than the pork buns, so we also ordered the chicken meatball buns; which were good but nowhere close to the pork buns. I honestly wish I just ordered two orders of the pork buns. The chicken meatball buns had jalapeño’s, lettuce and paprika mayonnaise sauce.
Afterwards, we had two different types of ramen. We couldn’t dine at a noodle bar and not order ramen, so after devouring the pork and chicken meatball buns, we had the spicy miso ramen and the momofuku ramen. The spicy miso ramen had smoked chicken, a poached egg and sesame seeds.
The momofuku ramen consisted of pork belly, pork shoulder and a poached egg as well, but was much tastier than the chicken.
Overall, Momofuku was great. I can definitely see myself going back for the pork buns, and I rarely say that. If you’re a pork lover, Momofuku is a must.
Now, on to my next foodie adventure!