Today's entry is one from the archives, my meal at Momofuku Seiobo (The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont) about a month after its opening back in 2011. From time to time, I like to reminisce about some of my best meals before I got into food blogging. And the photos were taken with my old point and shoot camera, a Canon IXUS 100, which has seen better days, so apologies for the image quality. Hopefully they do the job.
Momofuku Seiobo is David Chang’s first venture outside New York. The brash American is a global star that needs no introduction. Such is his stardom that he was named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010. I was so excited to see David Chang choose Sydney, but why Sydney and The Star of all places? There are many other bigger cities he could have chosen and in his own country too. I am not complaining though, and I was going to do anything to make sure I would eat at Momofuku.
|View of the open table from my seat|
|One of the chefs at work|
There is only a tasting menu of around 14 courses at Momofuku ($175 at the time of meal, now $185). Vegetarians are well looked after at Seiobo and there is a vegetarian alternative for my wife (unlike at the Noodle Bar, where David Chang famously took every vegetarian item off the menu after a customer had complained about the lack of vegetarian items). It’s not all about that famed pork bun at Seiobo, although the pork bun is pretty awesome and certainly deserves its reputation. We were taken on an amazing gastronomic journey like no other and there were so many highlights. Some of the courses seemed quite experimental and even crazy but it somehow managed they hit the mark most of the times. Burnt watermelon oil? Crispy milk skin? Miso flavoured ice cream? Petit four of pulled candied pork shoulder? WTF? How does this all even work? I don't know how but it does and it was amazing!
My favourite courses were the hand torn pasta, egg custard and the crab & Yorkshire pudding. Beautiful sheets of thin silky pasta with creamy goats cheese, fragrant basil and mint and cherry tomatoes that burst in your mouth are a match made in heaven. The savoury egg custard, Momofuku's take on the Japanese dish chawanmushi, is absolutely divine. It was so silky smooth and delightfully moreish. But for me the crab & Yorkshire pudding was the best course of the night. Perfectly cooked crab meat was sweet and delicate, Yorkshire pudding was deliciously crabby and the butter and pepper sauce was so amazing. This is the kind of dish that made me want to scream out "this dish was effing amazing" at the top of my lungs! These courses, along with the rest of the meal, can be seen in the pics at the end of the post.
Highlight: There were quite a few "stars" in this meal, including the hand torn pasta and egg custard. But the crab and Yorkshire pudding was a whole new level of amazing!
Lowlight: ZOMG, so much food! This is the most full I have ever felt after a degustation and I think I am one with a large appetite. I was already full to the brim by the time the petit four (of candied pork) came out. How can anyone say no to that pile of sweet, juicy, succulent pork meat? It didn’t help my overworked stomach lol
Overall: Sydney is extremely fortunate to have a restaurant that's part of David Chang's Momofuku empire. Come to Momofuku for a rollicking meal. The food here is wacky at times but is exceptional in execution and flavours. Watch the chefs display their fine skills. You will be impressed and I can assure that you will have a great time. 8.5/10 (Excellent)
|Inside the shitake bun. Love the hoisin sauce and |
|Inside the pork belly bun. Delicious melt in your mouth |
|The chefs are getting the petit fours ready|
|Digging in with my hands. Tastes even better with messy |