Momofuku Noodle Bar II
"But the menu changes everyday," is how we justified visiting Momofuku a second time. In reality, we didn't need much convincing to visit the Noodle Bar once again considering how much more of the menu we wanted to tackle. It features dishes built from tradtion, like pork buns and ramen, with chef David Chang's twist. The Momofuku empire has taken over Toronto, New York, the world, and our hearts with its award winning restaurants and cookbooks. Despite this, Chang remains grounded and in tune with his work. Our first visit (which you can read about here) planted that seed and our second visit reaffirmed those beliefs.
We missed out on their Pork Buns ($10) the last time we dropped by, something that should be dubbed illegal. They're tender slices of pork featuring just enough fat, and topped with hoisin sauce, scallion, cucumber, and lovingly wrapped in a bun. These must have been what Shakespeare was writing sonnets about 400 years ago – they melt in your mouth and are gone far too soon. These are the type of pork buns you finally take on a date after having a crush on them since elementary school. And then you fall in love and get married because these pork buns live up to the hype.
Pork Buns ($10)
It's time to be real – we only ordered the Okonomiyaki ($7) because we had no idea what it was and no idea how to pronouce it. In this case, taking a page out of Drake's book ("you only live once, that's the motto") paid off. Turns out 'okonomiyaki' is not only fun to say, but also delicious. It's a Japanese savory pancake, topped with 'what you like' (okonomi) and then grilled or cooked (yaki). Chang's version is made with Japanese yam, katsuobushi (dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna), and mayo. Not the most appealing description, but the varied ingredients list creates an interesting texture and flavour.
The Ginger Scallion Noodles ($12) are made with shiitake, cucumber, cabbage, and a whooole lotta of scallion. The dish started off flavourful and ended off too flavourful, each bite building and building into an overwhelming pinnacle of scallion and ginger to the point where the last few bites stayed athome in the bottom of the bowl. But like Hannah Montana said, nobody's perfect, right?
Ginger Scallion Noodles ($12)
With its killer location, ever-changing menu, and three other restauraunts upstairs, it's hard to turn a cold shoulder to Momofuku. At this point, it's not a matter of if we'll be back but when we'll be back.