Momofuku Ssam Bar

This post is long overdue but I’m glad I’m finally getting to it. Last November, I spent several days in New York City with visiting friends. We stayed near the Empire State Building, we can literally see it from our window! Of course, New York City is synonymous to from world class cuisine to hole in the whole foodie heaven.   This is why I love visiting New York City over and over again.
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I sent a Twitter message to TinyUrbanKitchen’s for her recommendation for a good place  to eat in New York City. She quickly responded and said Momofuku Ssam Bar is one of her favorites.    I’ve heard wonderful things about Momofuku Ssam Bar, the creation of Korean American chef David Chang who surprisingly is originally from DC area.  Honestly, I haven’t had any Asian fusion restaurant that impressed me but since the well traveled food blogger recommended it, we decided to make our reservations.  Results? It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  From presentation, creativity to flavor, everything was perfect.

The building where Momofuku Ssam Bar is located now was once a vacant and dilapidated property (an old Chinese carryout!).

The highlight of the meal course was no doubt the roasted duck but the other dishes were by no means less  delicious. This one below is their Smoked Salmon Bun. The bun alone is so heavenly. The outside is crispy while the inside is light and soft. It’s divine when paired with the smoked salmon and scallions.  It’s a unique combination that  will certainly try making.  Two pieces comes in every order for $15.

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Next up is the Steamed Pork Bun. Sounds fairly common to the usual pork belly buns we get in Chinese restaurants but this is by no means the same thing.  Along with the amazing buns I mentioned earlier is the super tender pork belly chunk. Momofuku Ssam Bar has a knack for fixing their pork. They are unbelievably tasty and tender. They added sweet hoisin sauce in the bun.  Two also comes in every order  for around $11.

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To be honest, I didn’t tried this dish simply because I am not excited about the idea of Broccoli Salad.  But judging from how fast the food went down, it was average and nothing mind blowing 😉

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And here’s the finale. The star of the meal… our $140 Whole Rottiserie Roast Duck Ssam. I was skeptical in the beginning about the $100 price tag but quickly became a fan of it after seeing the presentation and then tasting it. Momofuku Ssam Bar has perfected roasting the duck, it is hands down P-E-R-F-E-C-T in my opinion.  The meat is super tender and the skin is golden red brown. A thin layer of fat is visible and the flavor is amazing. They used roti as wrap instead of the traditional Peking duck pancake often used in other Chinese restaurants.

Needless to say, I am now a believer.  Thankfully, David Chang has decided to open up Ssam Bar in DC! I can’t wait to go and try it  🙂

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