Friday, June 5, 2009

Momofuku Ko

Oh boy. Momofuku Ko hangover! I have never in my life, dined like that. Needless to say, it was amazing and one of the best dining experiences of my life. I got to try a bunch of things I'd never order if it were on a menu. (So that's what Foie Gras tastes like...Buttery!). I'm not a huge seafood eater. If there is meat on the menu, I'll always choose something that moos over something that swims. BUT! I'm glad that the chefs make the decisions for you and you just have to trust that what they put in front of you is worth eating. Dish after dish after dish, I was delighted and giddy and wanted to give the chefs a big giant sloppy caviar coated kiss. Unfortunately, you can't take pictures inside the restaurant, so I don't have anything to show you but the outside of the door and my glass of alka seltzer. You're just going to have to trust me on this stuff...

From memory, here's what we were served:
  • Soft Tofu and Chinese Sausage amuse bouche
  • Swiss Chard with pork
  • Buttery Pepper Biscuit
  • Long Island Fluke with Buttermilk and Poppy Seeds
  • Green and White Asparagus with Scallops
  • Sea Urchin in a Miso Broth
  • Poached Egg, Caviar and Potato Chips
  • Soft Shell Crab with Bay Sauce
  • Shaved Foie Gras over Lychee, Pine Nut Brittle and Riesling Gelee
  • Deep Fried Steak with a tasting of Onions
  • Guava Sorbet with a Skin of Cream Cheese
  • Black Sesame Ice Cream with Funnel Cake and Lemon Sugar
My favorites? Everything in bold above. These are things that I'm craving this morning. The Poached Egg and the Long Island Fluke were fantastic. I liked the different textures with the egg (potato chips?!) and the long island fluke kind of tasted like lox on a bagel with cream cheese. The Foie Gras dish was very fun because I wasn't sure if it was sweet or savory. I'm big on fruity desserts so I preferred the Guava Sorbet over the Funnel Cake (even though I finished off my dish before everyone else...oops!) but I was really happy to see that Black Sesame is Chang approved!

Aside from the food, it was really cool to watch the 3 chefs preparing our dishes. The ingredients they used were incredibly fresh. They blasted Led Zepplin and The Beatles. For $100 per person, I think it's totally worth it. So...anyone want to go with me again?!


  1. Funnel cake? FUNNEL CAKE?!?!?!?


  2. Ok so here i am reading your blog, a stranger over the net thanks to someone else thanks to gaijinpot. i decided to skim through your stuff from the beginning forward so i could have it in chronological order. this sounds so awesome! i love it when i go to gourmet restaurants and get a set course where they serve me stuff that i wouldn't have ordered myself and then it tastes delicious, so this is like that. the riesling gelee sounds like heaven. riesling is one of my favorite wine types. i absolutely have to remember this if i ever get to go to NY (i hope they still do it).

    p.s. you were part of the inspiration for my blog address. i was mulling over it for a while but then it hit me instantaneously when i came here. it made me realize [the name] was very symbolic of my relationship with...exploring and finding stuff. it's going to be more of a personal blog so this is all unrelated to your site and all these topics but i wanted to give you your credit :] also i probably should have written this part in an email or something but...mehh, i hope you'll forgive me. :D

  3. @Buu Thanks for the comments! If you're ever in NY, definitely try to hit up as many of the Momofuku shops as possible. They are definitely worth the trip. Good luck with your blog and be sure to send over a link so I can check it out. And yes, sorry for all the Japanese typos. It's a good reminder for me to kick up my studying. ;)