Swooned by the Bo Ssam
The past weekend, a friend of mine invited me to her belated birthday party at Momofuku Ssam, with 8 of her other friends, which includes the legendary bo ssam. In all honesty, I am ashamed to say that it was my first time eating there for dinner, even though I'm a "foodie" and a New Yorker. Anyways, we ordered a bunch of plates before the pork butt and all of them were superb, My personal favorite of the evening was the fried cauliflower. The least favorite was the "Bread and Butter." Not like I hated it but the price tag of $8 for a baguette and two different butters (from Vermont and England) doesn't exactly justify it for me.
The night was at very enjoyable, especially with the pork stupor that followed we finished the entire delicious, rich, meaty pork butt.
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I guess my palette simply isn't sophisticated enough, because if you blindfolded me and asked me to taste the difference between the butters I wouldn't be able to...I agree with you that the $8 for bread and butter is unjustified here.
For me, the pork buns and rice cakes are Momofuku's winners. I'd skip the ramen and go to somewhere like Men Kui Tei, Sapporo, or Menchanko-Tei for my 00dles 'o N00dles.
You like to eats?
It can be loud but not absurdly loud -- I find it fine to carry on a conversation with another person. More than one other might be more difficult.
I've never had the wait be 2 hours! Even when I showed up with a group of 6 on a Saturday night, it was only about an hour. They've also added some more seating recently.
I just went there for my first time on Friday and thought the exact same thing. I never really understood the trend, and then you get there and its just fantastic.
It's funny also, I noticed, how much I associate a good meal with the ambiance. And the ambiance there was kinda bland at 1am, but it was just a damn good meal.