Momofuku Noodle Bar

Momofuku_interiorOur last stop on Saturday night of our girls’ weekend was Momofuku Noodle Bar. Momofuku doesn’t take reservations and there were 6 of us, so I knew we had a long wait ahead of us… 1 hour and a half to be exact! We decided to pass the time at a local Irish pub {where we had a traumatic run in involving a drunk man and a bum – the story is not an appropriate one for this forum, I’ll have to tell you about it another day} until we got the text saying our table would be ready. I had been here before with my cousin when I first moved to NYC, but it was pre-blog days so I’m glad I got to go back to share my experience. And for us Floridians, ramen noodle is something only found at Publix for .10¢ a pack, so this was going to be a unique treat for my girlfriends.

We started with some appetizers – the Soy Sauce Egg was a tasty treat, the egg was perfectly soft boiled with salty notes, and crunchy (something) on top.

Momofuku_soysauceeggWe also ordered the Pickle Jar which was just that, a jar filled with pickled vegetables. We were so hungry at this point, that we pretty much ate everything that was placed in front of us.

Momofuku_picklejar

We had to try the Pork Buns since I always hear about how amazing they are, and we also went for the Shrimp Buns. The pork buns definitely lived up to the hype, the pork was tender and fatty and just melted in your mouth and coupled perfectly with the sweet hoisin sauce and crunchy cucumber in the pillowy bun.

Momofuku_porkbunI was a little skeptical about the shrimp bun when I read it on the menu and when it came to the table. It was like a “shrimp cake” and didn’t look to appealing, but the flavors were amazing! I had a little bite of my friend’s and was surprised that the flavor combination really worked with the spicy mayo, pickled shallot, and iceberg lettuce.

Momofuku_shrimpbunAnd now for the ramen! The menu at Momofuku is pretty simple, there are few choices and they make those few items really well. As a result, most of the table got the Momofuku Ramen (pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg) or the Spicy Miso Ramen (smoked chicken, swiss chard, sesame), and only one went for the Chilled Spicy Noodles (sichuan sausage, spinach, and cashews). I had the Momofuku Ramen which was the same thing I had last time, because I really wanted to compare it to Totto Ramen and Ippudo. Though my ramen was delicious, it just wasn’t quite as good as the other two. Ippudo is still my favorite, the richness of the soup was just incomparable. I do enjoy this noodle better than the ones at Totto though, I like the curly noodles better than the straight. And I will give them one thing at Momo – size does matter! The bowls here are huge! I think I was the only one that finished my entire soup bowl.

Momofuku_MomofukuRamenI did try a bite of the spicy miso ramen, and though it was flavorful, it wasn’t very spicy at all. The noodles were definitely well cooked in both dishes, none of that mushy stuff, they had a nice bite to them. And I love the poached egg in these soups, when you burst the egg with your fork and the yolk mixes with the rich broth, it makes for an exceptional taste sensation. Oh man I love ramen!

Momofuku_spicychickenramenSo you know how I said the spicy miso was not very spicy? Well the chilled spicy noodles were very spicy! I tried some of my friend’s and I wasn’t a big fan of the sausage over the cold noodles. It was an interesting combination with the sausage and crunchy cashews, but it just didn’t work for me. She enjoyed it, but wasn’t blown away by it.

Momofuku_spicyramenAll the girls loved their ramen soups, and pretty much left in what I like to call a “food coma” (a sure sign of a good restaurant). Although we had planned to continue our night out, it was cut short by our gorging on these Asian delights, and all the day’s exhausting events.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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