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207 2nd Avenue
New York City, NY 10003(212)254-3500
Momofuku Ssam Bar is another of the concepts that sprang from David Chang's original Momofuku Noodle Bar. Momofuku Ssam focuses on Korean ssam which is usually lettuce or other leafy vegetable used as a wrap for meats and topped with kimchi and a variety of sauces. They also served small plates, rice bowls, hams, and a variety of sides. For the ICCA Culinary Immersion they created a menu to include Bo Ssam Lunch, their traditional slow-cooked pork shoulder; Rotisserie Duck, served with white rice and fresh herbs. Both are served with their variety of sauces that were amazing and bib lettuce to use as a wrap. The ham platter might look simple, but the choices they offered were great as was the apple kimchi. It was comprised of the makings of traditional kimchi along with sliced honeycrisp apples, maple labne, jowl bacon, and arugula.
The restaurant is contemporary in design with a small and narrow dining room and comprised of mostly communal tables and a long bar. The kitchen is open, producing delicious scents that great you at the door. The service was quick and efficient and our server made great suggestions. We recommend trying a German Riesling with the spicy Asian offerings, a classic pairing.
During a research trip the pork steamed buns were particularly good. A traditional steamed bun filled with pork belly, hoisin sauce, thinly sliced cucumbers, and scallions. The fried duck dumplings were small, bite-sized fried dumplings filled with tender duck meat. They were tossed with spiced cauliflower and served with sriracha mayo for dipping.
For the ssam during the advance trip, we selected the original Momofuku ssam. Pulled pork shoulder, black beans and rice, and a spicy kimchi served with butter lettuce wraps and a trio of sauces. Second, we had the rotisserie duck rice bowl. Thinly sliced roasted duck with scallions, ssam sauce, and crispy shallots. The duck fat and ssam sauce made a sweet and savory sauce that coated the rice and the scallions and shallots gave the dish a nice crunch and bite. The chive pancake is a thin, crepe-like pancake with chives that serves as a delicious vehicle for scooping out the remaining rice and sauce in the bottom of the bowl.