NEW YORK CITY | Momofuku Ssäm Bar is one of the several restaurants owned by David Chang and is a place that’s evolved and refined its offering since opening in 2006, two years after the original Momofuku Noodle Bar opened. It started with Korean burritos, before moving into more innovative mashes of Korean, American and other cuisines, constantly refining and changing. The pork buns and roasted rice cakes that the restaurant is most famous for are still available (off menu) but today the kitchen is headed up by Singaporean chef Max Ng, who has brought a decidedly South East Asian flavour to the menu.
Ng’s changes to the menu have result in some fantastic dishes which stay true to the restaurant’s ethos of experimenting and fusing. Max’s Curry & Potatoes sees crispy roast potatoes placed in a bowl of rich garam masala based curry along with burrata and spinach. It’s divine. Spicy sambal coated skate cooked in banana leaf and served with hot congee is another winner. For dessert, try the Coconut Pie which features a wobbly pandan filling, coconut milk whipped cream, and a coconut-sugar caramel drizzle.
For drinks it’s a selection of creative cocktails, local and imported beer and wine, and as selection of mostly Italian digestifs.
If you’ve not been here before, you should go, if you have been here before you should go. The food is interesting, inventive and delicious, and evolution has meant that Momofuku Ssäm Bar is as relevant as it was when it first opened. The stools also have backs now, and the noise levels have been tamed which makes for a more pleasant dining experience than before. Oh and you can also book a table these days.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
207 2nd Avenue
New York 10003
Telephone: 212 254 3500
Sun – Thu: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 5:30pm to 11:30pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 5:00pm to 12:30am