Momofuku Seiobo

I went back to Sydney a few months ago for a work trip. It was great because the number one restaurant I knew I had to go to was Momofuku Seiobo! That night, I’m catching up with my buddy Ms V. The degustation was too steep for our budget so we decided to eat at the bar The bar had a limited amount of seats – only 5; so we decide to turn up early on a Monday night to grab those seats. We arrived slightly before 7 in the evening and they weren’t open yet. By the time we sat down, another couple appeared and there was only 1 seat left.

After dinner – I posted on Instagram and said “felt a little disappointed”. A number of people replied and said they enjoyed their experience at Momofuku but mostly with the degustation option. The food was very good but not too sure if it was worth the money. I guess I just had such high expectations and had been counting down the days to the visit.

I couldn’t see any door signage of Momofuku but Ms V pointed out a big peach so I guess that’s it. We ordered everything on the menu except for the pickles for two. We skipped the alcohol since it was a “school night”, however the sake and choyo offerings were very tempting. Darn, school night! Once we ordered, food started arriving in about, just after 5 minutes.

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First up was fried Brussel Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette – $15. It smelt so good despite having fish sauce! I am personally not a fan of Brussel Sprouts so I was surprised that I enjoyed this dish. However, more then half way through this dish, me and Ms V had given up because we realised that the sauce had become quite overpowering the more we ate this dish.

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Confit Chicken Wings $16 – this wasn’t bad but nothing amazing. I could taste the Korean soybean paste in this 🙂

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Pork Buns – $15. The pork was tender and juicy. I knew before-hand that the pork buns had no skin, but it was nothing with an amazing “wow” factor. I did previously made these momofuku pork buns but with the added crispy skin and felt like it just needed crispy skin to bring it to the next level.

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Spanner Crab Roll with Celery Salted chips $22. The bread was very dry and sadly the bread went untouched. The crab filling was a little strong with the mayo but still quite delicious. I couldn’t taste the celery on the chips but still happily gobbled them up because it was so crispy!

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The Spicy Roasted Rice Cakes with Pork $17 was a winner in Ms V’s books. She loved the crispy bits and the tiny hint of spice. I echoed the same feelings. I have attempted cooking the roasted rice cakes (I haven’t blogged about it) from this cookbook but I couldn’t get the roasted rice cakes to crisp up as much as the Momofuku Seiobo version. It is definitely something I will order again if I return for the bar menu.

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The winner of the day in my books was the Pickled Egg $4. There were notes of vinegar and a lovely gooey center. It’s steep at a price of $4 but I was glad that we still got it.

The service at Momofuku was exceptional and we were constantly asked if everything was okay. Although I did overall enjoyed Momofuku, I felt the food was a little mediocre for the price but once again I need to remind myself that it is a bar menu and a fast turn around for service was required. Nonetheless, I am still extremely keen on going with the degustation menu.

The Star 80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont, NSW 2009

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Momofuku Kimchi stew

I am slowly cooking from the momofuku cookbook as you can see. I am hoping maybe at same point I can cook about half the recipes in here, I could never cook every recipe in there especially the pig’s head torchon *shudders*. Now with the kimchi I made previously I just have to make the kimchi stew.

The broth in the stew is actually the ramen broth that took 9/10 hours+. I left out a few things in the recipe the ricecakes, radish kimchi, the roasted onion and the pork shoulder. Instead of the shoulder I had some fillet left so I ended substituting that instead. The roasted onions was going take 1 hour to make and I probably needed a small amount anyways so skip. Rice cakes I think I could easier do without …or more so because I was lazy to run to shops and buy some.

The result was a sourish stew but quite sweet due to the mirin. The verdict is I will probably won’t make this again. Reason? I enjoyed this dish very much but I think I prefer to used the ramen broth in ramen rather the kimchi stew.

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Ingredients:
1/4 cup neutral oil
roasted onions
4 cups radish kimchi
4 cups Chinese cabbage kimchi
8 cups ramen broth
pork shoulder
6 tbs mirin
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup sliced rice cakes
1 cup sliced green onions
1 cup of finely julienned carrots
rice

1. Heat oil in a pan and added the roasted onions
2. Add kimchi and broth, turn the heat up to medium-high and let the flavors mingle and integrate for 5-6 minutes after the broth comes to a simmer. Skim off impurities.
3. Add the pork, mirin &pepper. Add more mirin if needed
4. Then add the rice cakes until they are warmed through. Top with green onions and carrots. Serve with rice

Serves 4 people
– recipe from Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan *instructions were shorten a little.

Momofuku Kimchi – Chinese Cabbage

I can never managed to put down david chang’s cookbook. It is almost like an addiction. Kimchi is probably the simplest recipes in his book. I always wanted to make kimchi but was daunted that it was much more complex task. I think hardest part of Momofuku recipes is actually locating the ingredients rather the recipe.

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I first washed the chinese cabbage then salted it and added sugar. I left the kimchi overnight, the next day the amount completely shrinked to this size.

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Here is the mixture of garlic, ginger, red pepper powder, fish sauce soy sauce, salted prawn and sugar. I actually decided the reduce the ginger, red pepper powder and sugar. I think 1/2 cup of sugar was a too much. Since I lacked the spice tolerance I also reduce the red pepper powder to 1/3 of a cup. Ginger was something I didn’t like eating directly (I enjoyed it as a flavouring but not when it was eating raw). It took me forever to minced the ginger and garlic by hand.. I was so into it that I lost track of time and realise it took me 30 minutes.. urm..

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Then add the spring onions and carrots.

1 small to medium Chinese cabbage, discoloured or loose outer leaves discarded
2 tbs kosher or sea salt*
1/2 cup of white sugar plus 2 tbs extra
20 garlic cloves, minced
20 slices of peeled fresh ginger, minced
1/2 cup korean red pepper powder*
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup usukuchi light soy sauce*
2 tsp jarred salted prawns*
1/2 cup 1 inch pieces spring onions
1/2 cup julienned carrots

* I gave up hunting kosher salt, I just used normal salt and it turned out okay. Korean red pepper powder can be found at the most larger Asian supermarkets or korean grocery stores. Jarred salted prawn can be found at most Asian grocery stores in the cold section. Usukuchi may be very hard to hunt down, I think normal light soy sauce will do okay. Even if you do locate a bottle it isn’t cheap!

1.Cut the cabbage lengthwise in half, then cut the halves crosswise into 1-inch-wide pieces. Toss the cabbage with the salt and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a bowl. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
2. Combine the garlic, ginger, red pepper powder, fish sauce, soy sauce, prawn, and remaining ½ cup sugar in a large bowl. If it is very thick, add water 1/3 cup at a time until the brine is just thicker than a creamy salad dressing but no longer a sludge. Stir in the spring onions and carrots.
3. Drain the cabbage and add it to the brine. Cover and refrigerate. Though the kimchi will be tasty after 24 hours, it will be better in a week and at its prime in 2 weeks. It will still be good for another couple weeks after that, though it will grow stronger and funkier.

* I did change the words a little so its a little more catered for the Australian kitchen rather then American.
Recipe from Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan

The result:
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I haven’t let it ferment yet but I did taste a piece omg fresh kimchi is awesome! Would i revisit this recipe? Certainly.. won’t go back to buying kimchi ever again.

Shinara Grill and Lounge

Shinara is located in pitt street (koreantown area) its offers buffet or a la carte menu. We opted for the buffet option, the normal one costing about $30 and other premium which is about $40. I saw “wagyu” on the premium menu so we all decided to go for the latter. The extras on the premium menu was sashmi and others (that i dont recall). The menu is quite extensive including kimchi, salads, butter corn, seaweed salad and etc.

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Our bbq grill, it is quite small! We were also given a table that didn’t have those air vents thingys meaning we going to smell like korean bbq.

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beef ribs!

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more beef?

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Ox tongue

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kimchi

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karaage chicken, portions are really small you see so do order a few dishes.

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Gyoza, note order more!

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Yes just one agedashi tofu

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If anyone wants to explain what this is please do, I wonder if food bloggers (not me) take notes of names of every dish they eat at the restaurants? I dont know how they remember everything!

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Buttered corn, very yummy 🙂 highly recommended.
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Shop 1, 338 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Night Noodles markets & O Bal tan

We had a quick stop over at the night noodles markets. We planned to have dinner there but it was quite muddy so we headed off elsewhere. It seems like there is less stalls this year. I was on the look out for the place with yummy prawn skewers but they weren’t there this year 😦

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Coconut and lychee ice cream in a very “greeny” bowl.

After the ice cream we decided on korean so we headed off to the O Bal tan.

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Our Banchan kimchi and onions. The other plate is our pancake dressing.

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Jap chae

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I love this dish! First time I had it, it’s a cold buckwheat noodles in icey broth called Naengmyeon

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Seafood pancake, the size of this pancake was huge! We still managed to finish it

Night Noodle Markets:
When: October 12-16 (Mon-Fri) and October 19-23 (Mon-Fri); dinner trading, 5pm-9.30pm. Hyde park

O Bal Tan
363A Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone (02) 9269 0299

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