Momofuku's Cereal Milk
Introducing our new segment – making a (cui)scene, where (in a vain attempt to save money and beat the professionals at their own game) we attempt to recreate some of our favourite Torontonian dishes. Not to mention it's nice to have a little reality check and remember it's not as easy as it looks to make some of this food.
First up on the docket, Momofuku's infamous Cereal Milk, a drink that capitalizes on the best part of cereal: the perfectly sweet leftover milk. Actually, this one is as easy as it looks.
- 100 g (2 3/4 cups) cornflakes
- 825 g (3 3/4 cups) cold milk
- 30 g (2 tbs tightly packed) light brown sugar
- 1 g (1/4 tsp) kosher salt
First up, we completed the universal first step of recipes--pre-heating our oven to 300°f. We then artfully laid our pre-toast Cornflakes onto a parchment lined baking sheet, snapped a few macro shots, and popped it into the oven for 15 minutes. This gave the cornflakes a depth of flavour that transferred well into the milk.
Once the post-toast Cornflakes cooled, we transferred them to a pitcher, soaked it in milk, and stirred vigorously before letting it steep for 20 minutes. After the excruciating wait, we poured the milk through a fine sieve into a bowl, taking care not to push the mushy cereal mixture through. At this point, we tasted the milk with the option to add brown sugar (for sweeter milk), kosher salt (for a more mellow milk), or both until fully dissolved.
Legitimate Cereal Milk
We also made Momofuku Milk's own milk to compare, following the directions on the label and adding milk to their pre-made mix.
Left to right: legitimate Cereal Milk, illegitimate Cereal Milk
Both recipes supposedly make 2 and 1/2 cups and serves four, something we soon learn is quite the stretch of the imagination. Together, they barely fill a cup.
And the moment of truth? Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we both much preferred ours. It was sweeter and stronger (well, all five sips of it were). Corn flakes now sit on our shelf, ready and willing for our next inevitable craving – we'll be sure to triple up the recipe next time.