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Lunch at Momofuku noodle bar - what to order?

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jacolis Mar 19, 2014 06:05 PM

Hi all

Will be in TO for the weekend and have rezzies for lunch at Noodle bar. What are the can't miss items? Pork buns and cold noodles? My daughter loves ramen but some reviews said it was bland? And any tips for best desserts to try at Milk bar?
Thanks in advance!

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    bytepusher RE: jacolis Mar 19, 2014 06:29 PM

    Ramen is probably one of the weakest things on the menu, instead...

    Just about anything on the etc. menu, especially the fried chicken and caviar.

    The ginger and scallion noodles

    The burger bun was a nice tasty bit of fun

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      KitchenVoodoo RE: bytepusher Mar 20, 2014 11:59 PM

      So is Momofuku better than Mother's Dumplings on Spadina? I realise that their menus are not identical, but for a lunch that's basically flour, water, ground pork, ginger etc., Just wondering....

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        BigBabyYeezuS RE: KitchenVoodoo Mar 21, 2014 07:26 AM

        They're entirely different restaurants, not remotely alike.

        Momofuku Noodlebar is a casual restaurant serving modern composed dishes and modern interpretations of classic Asian soups and noodle dishes. It's very easy to eat a meal there that has no buns or noodles.

        Mother's Dumplings is a Chinese restaurant that serves dumplings but other Chinese dishes and noodle dishes.

        Neither is "basically flour, water, ground pork, ginger, etc."

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          julesrules RE: BigBabyYeezuS Mar 21, 2014 10:22 AM

          methinks KV is making some obscure point in reference to something that happened on another thread.
          Chowhound Toronto board rocks!

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      BigBabyYeezuS RE: jacolis Mar 19, 2014 06:53 PM

      Kimchi stew is off menu but they will make it and is one of the best things to come out of the Noodle Bar kitchen.

      Hot and spicey noodles, pork buns and smoked chicken wings are other classics (so yeah, pork buns and cold noodles, plus chicken wings).

      The ramen's good but unspectacular.

      Milk Bar is a shadow of what it was when it first opened in NYC and now sucks where ever you go. If you want something, get the cookies.

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        magic RE: jacolis Mar 19, 2014 07:54 PM

        Pork Buns should be the very first thing you have, I think.

        Corn cookies are friggin delish. As is Crack Pie.

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          magic RE: magic Mar 21, 2014 11:47 AM

          Pork buns were killer today.

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            kwass RE: magic Mar 21, 2014 11:53 AM

            I'm jealous that you were there today :)

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              magic RE: kwass Mar 21, 2014 11:54 AM

              Go, kwass. It's time already.

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                kwass RE: magic Mar 21, 2014 12:02 PM

                I know! I'm definitely going soon! BTW magic, although totally unrelated to this thread, I'm going to check out Calabria next weekend, so I'll let you know my thoughts :)

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                  magic RE: kwass Mar 21, 2014 12:03 PM

                  Look forward to that post. Splendid.

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          disgusti RE: jacolis Mar 19, 2014 08:44 PM

          i honestly think that for the calories in the buns they're not worth it, but if you haven't tried them or want to try them i wouldn't discourage it, they're just not that special anymore. the chilled spicy noodles are my favourite thing for sure

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            Cat123 RE: jacolis Mar 20, 2014 04:42 AM

            Another vote for chilled spicy noodles. I was unaware that the kimchee stew was still an option as it has left the menu but I loved that as well. I've had the ramen and liked it but the flavours are much more subtle.

            The buns are pretty good but not groundbreaking - had the shitake ones the other day and they were ok but agree with others that I would prioritize the noodles.

            As for Milk Bar I am not crazy about what the pre-packaging does for their cookie-type products. I saw some new truffles in there the other day - malted milk and dulce de leche - that looked worthy of a try. Although they are incredibly sweet I do like the bday truffles.

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              BigBabyYeezuS RE: Cat123 Mar 20, 2014 05:52 AM

              As an aside:

              "The buns are pretty good but not groundbreaking"

              is kind of a funny statement. Certainly they're not ground-breaking in Toronto 2014, but they were in New York 2004 and then everyone, everywhere started copying the dish, including here! So now the original stops looking so groundbreaking. They're worth a try for historical reasons.

              (And before someone reminds me that Chinese pork buns have existed for centuries, yes, I know. But Chang was the first one to chef them up and make them a massive food trend)

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                julesrules RE: Cat123 Mar 20, 2014 06:01 AM

                Huh, I thought the cookies were okay (although underbaked cookies are obviously better when super fresh) but the pumpkin pie truffles I had were stale-ish, although actually better chilled than at room temperature because it killed some of the off flavours. The opposite being true for the cookies, they are better after being out of that chilled room for a while.

              2. kwass RE: jacolis Mar 20, 2014 06:06 AM

                I have a question for everyone. I'd like to take my mother here for lunch, but when looking @ the menu, I've noticed that a lot of the dishes list chilis as an ingredient. How spicy are these dishes? Because she doesn't like spicy food.

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                  magic RE: kwass Mar 20, 2014 06:13 AM

                  There are plenty of options without heat, I wouldn't worry about that kwass.

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                    kwass RE: magic Mar 20, 2014 06:18 AM

                    Ok. Thanks magic!

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                      magic RE: kwass Mar 20, 2014 06:23 AM

                      You bet. Have fun!

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                    canadianbeaver RE: kwass Mar 20, 2014 09:41 AM

                    You should take your mother to Daisho for lunch, it is open for lunch now, too....kimchi burger...mmmmmm....and they have rice cakes w crab...not good to go to this thread at lunch time when I'm so hungry...

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                      kwass RE: canadianbeaver Mar 20, 2014 09:48 AM

                      I just looked @ the menu. That does look delicious!! Thanks canadianbeaver!

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                    Wino In Training RE: jacolis Mar 20, 2014 07:00 AM

                    Oddly enough, their fried rice is incredibly good. If they have the shrimp buns or chicken buns, those are the best ones (IMHO).

                    The regular ramen is nothing special, but I do like the smoked chicken ramen. Also, the ginger/scallion noodles are great if you want something a little lighter.

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                      NancyChin RE: jacolis Mar 21, 2014 12:08 PM

                      Yes, the chilled spicy noodles were my favorite! Go with that!

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                        kwass RE: NancyChin Mar 21, 2014 12:18 PM

                        How spicy is spicy Nancy?

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