So I’m a David Chang super fan after I watched Mind of A Chef Season 1 three times in 2 weeks. Don’t ask. There is something about David Chang and his dalliances with Asian food with some punk rock bad ass tossed in.
After checking out the Joe Strummer mural I carried on and found Momofuku Noodle Bar quite easily on 171 1st Ave. I was even able to grab a seat at the bar around 2 p.m.. There was no line – I just walked in and felt immediately giddy. I loved the simplicity of the shop. There was a huge long wooden sushi bar table in the front of the resto. Strangers were sitting beside each other similar to that of a school cafeteria. There was also a collection of seats for larger groups. The music was hopping. If you are playing The Clash while I eat, I will marry you. Get ready Chang. Kidding. 😉
Of course I ordered the Pork Bun (which came with hoisin, scallions and cucumber). I have been dreaming of them ever since I saw Mind of A Chef. You can only imagine how delicious it was. I had been walking around in the cold and rain all morning. This lil baby warmed me right up. The steamed bun was decadent and yet so simple. A perfect relationship for my palette and belly. My mood lifted. Can I also say that Chang’s staff is super dreamy? Shoot.
After I ate my ‘snack’ at Momofuku Noodle Bar I ventured over to Momofuku Milk Bar to pick up some desserts from their lil shop at 251 e 13th st. to take home with me.
When I entered the shop I was greeted by a young guy by the name of Peter. He was so lovely and gave me some great insight on the baked goods for sale that day. Momofuku Milk Bar is known for their Crack Pie (yeah exactly) and Compost Cookie. When I told him I was from Toronto, instead of making a Mayor Ford joke he recommended I pick up the Grasshopper Pie and Apple Blondie as they were a few of the pies not being shipped to the newly opened Toronto Momofuku Milk Bar location.
Yummy? Yes. The Grasshopper Pie slice (which was a seasonal pie and no longer being sold) had chocolate chips, marshmallows, cream cheese and lots of other gorgeousness. The Apple Blondie Pie slice had white chocolate, apple, apple juice and ginger.
I loved the packaging too. It was easy for me to take back home and also kept the slices fresh for when I was ready to indulge in them.
Thank you Momofuku Noodle Bar and Momofuku Milk Bar – you made my belly dreams come true.