The situation: a rainy, windy Saturday, 5:45 pm. Sit down to dinner with Scott & Erin at the Momofuku Ssam Bar. We get caught up on the last few months, discuss the future, eat like champions, and not a picture is taken. Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.
But what we ate was epic! Links lead to excellent photos on Flickr, clearly labeled "do not post on your blog" by their owner--a request I shall honor.
Pork Buns (of course)
Meacham's County Ham (tasty as ever, but sort of wish we tried the veal brain special that the waiter described to us...trust me, if you had heard the description, you'd have considered it too)
Fried Brussels Sprouts (just like Jeff and I made back in February, it was fun to try to deep-fried original...Erin paid the ridiculous compliment of saying she liked our roasted ones better but don't take that as Erin saying these weren't good because they were great)
Hamachi collar with yuzu ponzu, daikon, salted plum (Hamachi collar is the rather large, meaty collar bone of the fish [you really ought to click this one to see something almost too unusual looking]...credit goes to Scott for wanting to try this one out, it was tasty, and dipped in the ponzu it was magical.)
Spicy Pork Sausage & Rice Cakes with Chinese Broccoli, Crispy Shallots (Erin ordered this Momofuku signature dish, I had never had it before. Wonderfully spicy and satisfying, would be an absolutely perfect dish to eat during a late night snow storm. And the rice cakes spoken of here are actually little mochis.)
Pork shoulder steak with zucchini, buttermilk dressing (I've been curious about this one for a while, my curiosity turned out to be an express-train to a flavor-filled wonderland. After my first bite I had to restrain myself from punching right through the window next to me. Grilled pork shoulder with a magnificent char on it sitting on a bed of creamy vegetable goodness, this is what I'll be craving for days (with the occasional spicy rice cakes pang.)
"PB&J" featuring Heritage Station concord grapes, saltine panna cotta (the table's consensus: essentially we applaud the idea of this dessert. I miss the shortcakes!)
Also, while we were eating two groups came in for a Bo Ssam. Now that I've seen that ten pound pork butt roast for myself I'm more curious than ever...ok, my new New Year's Resolution for 2008: find some friends and eat one of those!