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Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan

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  • Eat Your Books

    See Eat Me Daily's review of this cookbook. They also selected it as one of the Best Cookbooks of 2009.

    This cookbook was listed in Cooking With Amy's Best Cookbooks of 2009.

  • robinorig on February 09, 2010

    I've been to the original Momofuku and the accolades are well deserved. Very creative and ingenious. The book proves the amount of care, thought and creativity going into the food. Incredible! Plus a good read!

  • kimoeats on January 14, 2010

    Flavor feels like Asia......what noodle soups should taste like.....easy to understand and follow....

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • 48-hour short rib with braised daikon, pickled carrot & mustard seeds

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Good but probably not worth the effort.

  • Bo ssäm

    • AmyR on May 21, 2011

      This & the other ssam recipes make a great party dish.

    • Rinshin on April 29, 2014

      Very good recipe. I used 1/3 of pork recipe ingredients and found that I need to perhaps cut back further on salt for brining even though I used only 1/3 amount or amount of time brined. It says 6 hours brining or overnight and I think that's the key. Don't brine longer than this. I brined for about 18 hours and it was too much - made for too salty of pork on surface. This recipe is very, very simple and it really makes great party dish. Instead of using rice as accompaniment, I think glass noodles will work really well here too. I had been skeptical of David Chang's recipes, but I am beginning to turn around now. I have made 4 components for bo ssam and they have been very successful.

    • Frogcake on January 20, 2018

      Very delicious! I would definitely make this again. We loved the intense flavours of the ssam and ginger shallot sauce, the latter being a very flavourful Asian pesto. I marinated the pork shoulder overnight and brushed off the excess salt sugar rub before braising it. I agreed with cicorbi and basted every half hour. I served this with rice noodles. The leftover ginger shallot sauce is also great with noodles and spooned into soup as Chang suggests.

    • clcorbi on March 06, 2017

      Delicious. I made this for book club and used a 10lb pork shoulder. Unfortunately I only marinaded for 3 hours, and next time I will make sure to go for at least 6, but the end product was still really good. I didn't need the full cup each of salt and sugar, and next time would start with 1/2 c of each so as not to waste them. I also think the meat could benefit from basting more than once every hour--next time I would baste once every half-hour. Otherwise, this is such a simple, delicious recipe. People really went crazy for it.

  • Brussels sprouts with kimchi puree & bacon

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Quite good. I really liked the kimchi purée.

  • Cereal milk

    • Dannausc on December 16, 2018

      Good, but like almost every recipe in the book, there are a ton of steps/separate component recipes. It was worth the effort but not worth making again— at least not until I retire!

  • Cherry tomato salad with soft tofu & shiso

    • MmeFleiss on March 03, 2015

      Fussy but delicious salad that was enjoyed even by my tofu-hating husband. I thought there was too much oil in this recipe. I would definitely cut it down next time.

  • Chicken wings

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Good but maybe not worth all the effort.

  • Dashi-braised daikon

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Good and easy

  • Fish sauce vinaigrette

    • meggan on October 25, 2012

      Very good but very salty so use sparingly.

    • AmyR on May 21, 2011

      Great on roast veggies, plain rice, etc.

  • Fried (or roasted) Brussels sprouts with fish sauce vinaigrette

    • adrienneyoung on November 03, 2013

      Very delicious. Fiddly, but worth it.

    • twoyolks on December 03, 2014

      The Brussels sprouts mesh very well with the fish sauce vinaigrette. In the future, I'd omit the fried cilantro as it didn't add much and it was a bit difficult to make. I'd also be a bit more restrained with the use of the vinaigrette as some of it pooled at the bottom of the bowl and made the Brussels sprouts at the bottom too acidic.

    • KaraCooks on February 03, 2018

      I loved this dish.....super simple and full of flavour.

  • Fried (or roasted) cauliflower with fish sauce vinaigrette

    • bgood on January 27, 2011

      Puffed rice is optional. Vinaigrette is delicious, needs to sit for at least 1/2 hour.

  • Fried chicken

    • AmyR on May 21, 2011

      So delicious! This recipe requires advance planning (overnight brine, pre-cooking, etc.) but none of the steps are very difficult and this makes fried chicken doable for company since the final fry doesn't take long.

  • Ginger scallion noodles

    • Rinshin on May 01, 2014

      I normally love all sorts of chilled Asian noodles esp Japanese. When the weather warms up I have to have chilled ramen. I love ginger scallion sauce but did not like it used with noodles like this. Greasy mouthfeel and not much taste coming through. I plan on making the sauce for other uses but will not be using it exactly like this.

  • Ginger scallion sauce

    • Rinshin on April 29, 2014

      I made this for serving bo ssam. Very good taste. The ginger I used was a bit hot although it was a new spring ginger and I had to let it sit for about 6 hours for the taste to meld and mellow. I can see using this sauce for noodle as was recommended. I have my favorite one by Japanese chef specializing in Chinese foods in Japan that uses smoking hot oil to make this and although I prefer that one much more for most things, this one is ok for chilled noodles and bo ssam. I may include garlic next time too.

    • clcorbi on March 06, 2017

      Made a half recipe to serve with bo ssam. I've made this sauce once before for ginger scallion noodles, and didn't enjoy it a ton the first time, I think because I had slightly too high of a ginger to scallion ratio, and the ginger wasn't diced finely enough. This time, I measured out the scallions precisely, and I also finely minced the ginger and then crushed it a bit with the salt and liquid ingredients in a mortar and pestle. The result was delicious! I enjoyed this sauce so much more this time that I was hoping there would be leftovers for ginger scallion noodles, but it got eaten up very quickly.

  • Momofuku pork buns

    • bwhip on April 08, 2017

      These are amazing, really tasty. Prep is actually quite simple, but also quite time consuming. The local Whole Foods just sold 1 lb pieces of pork belly, so I used two of those, and reduced cooking time a little from the recipe as a result. 50 buns take a long time to form and steam, but the recipe says they freeze well, so now that it's done, future prep should be quick and easy.

    • MmeFleiss on March 03, 2015

      I've made this using both the recipe from the book and the one from epicurious, I actually prefer the epicurious version because I felt that the pork using the book recipe is too dry. 2016 update: I made it per the book direction and baked the pork belly in a snug loaf pan. The texture was much better as it cooked submerged in its own fat.

    • fprincess on May 29, 2013

      I used a 4-lb pork belly . I realize that the online recipe that I used (from epicurious) differs from the book in several respects. First, in the online recipe the belly is brined for 12 hours (instead of being dry-cured). It is roasted at low temperature first, and high temperature at the end. Despite these differences, I got an outstanding result. I did not attempt making the buns so I used high-quality dinner rolls from a local bakery. I served them with the quick-pickled cucumber from the book, chives instead of scallions, and hoisin sauce. Absolutely delightful. This is a great recipe because it can be prepared in advance and reheated as needed. Photos here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/129936-cooking-with-the-momofuku-cookbook/?p=1878658

  • Momofuku ramen

    • MmeFleiss on March 03, 2015

      Good but really time consuming. I doubt I'll make this again.

    • DragonWell on December 27, 2016

      Time consuming - but, trust me, better than the restaurant version. Be sure to heed the warning to season/salt well - broth under salted is a crime.

  • Momofuku shortcakes

    • AmyR on May 21, 2011

      The saltiness of these shortcakes is unexpected and perfect with fresh strawberries & other sweet/tart fruit.

  • Napa cabbage kimchi (aka paechu kimchi)

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Good and easy; has a nice funk to it.

  • Pan-roasted asparagus with poached egg & miso butter

    • clcorbi on May 18, 2017

      Delicious, and so pleasantly fast and easy for a weeknight. I made a full recipe of the asparagus but a half-recipe of the miso butter, and that amount was perfect for us--the miso butter is extremely rich! I also substituted red wine vinegar for the sherry vinegar, and fried our eggs rather than poached (simply because we prefer them that way). This may be my new favorite way to cook asparagus--pan-roasting in extremely hot butter worked wonders on them. I served this with crusty bread, which we didn't really need.

    • meggan on October 25, 2012

      This is heavenly and super rich.

  • Pan-roasted bouchot mussels with os

    • Smokeydoke on April 15, 2018

      These were delicious, I didn't make them with bouchot mussels, just regular store-bought ones. I didn't know what a bouchot mussel was, I learn something new everyday. We gobbled these up, they were so good and relatively easy. I balked at the price tag at the restaurant, because I could whip these up at home on a weekday. I'm loving Chang's cooking, much more than I thought. I can't wait to cook more. Photo included.

  • Pickled cauliflower

    • lederach104 on September 21, 2017

      Don't add the celery seeds

  • Pickled chiles

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Super easy; makes a lot!

  • Pickled mustard seeds

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Super easy

  • Pickled ramps

    • clcorbi on July 17, 2017

      I made a jar of these during ramp season and forgot to report. They're very tasty! And they take on a nice pink color. I added all the optional ingredients except for the sishimi togarashi, which I didn't have. I don't think the extra ingredients added much flavor complexity to this brine, probably since these are cold-brined pickles. Still, they are very nice.

  • Pork shoulder for ramen

    • MmeFleiss on March 03, 2015

      Delicious with very little hands-on time needed.

  • Quick-pickled cucumbers

    • Rinshin on April 29, 2014

      There are so many Asian cucumber salad types and although this was not in the league of the best, it was simple and works great for it's own purpose. I thought it was a clever idea to use both salt and sugar initially for cucumber slices. Most recipes use salt first and squeeze liquid out. You can certainly dress this recipe up with sesame oil, vinegar, etc. This recipe is average at best.

    • MmeFleiss on March 03, 2015

      A perfect component for the pork buns.

  • Ramen broth

    • okcook on March 09, 2016

      It takes most of the day for the broth to be ready but a lot of that time is passive. Really worth making and it makes 6 quarts!

  • Ramp ranch dressing

    • clcorbi on June 11, 2018

      YUM. If you already have a jar of the pickled ramps from this book, the dressing takes all of two minutes to throw together, and it's flavorful and delicious. I think you could substitute a number of other pickled vegetables here with success. Now I need to make the pork steaks that this dressing is supposed to go with--I bet the combination is amazing.

  • Roasted sweet summer corn with miso butter, bacon & roasted onions

    • bgood on November 06, 2010

      Tasty but a lot of work. Frozen corn poached in butter and miso is also very good.

    • twoyolks on September 19, 2013

      The miso gave the corn a weird butterscotch flavor which overpowered every other flavor.

  • Shaved foie gras with lychee & pine nut brittle

    • mziech on August 26, 2012

      Excellent dessert. Easy to make when using store bought foie gras. If making your own foie gras tourchon it will take several days. Nice combination of favors, savoury/sweet.

  • Spicy pork sausage & rice cakes with Chinese broccoli & crispy shallots

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Really good but quite spicy. Not nearly as time-consuming as some of the Momofuku recipes. Worth a repeat but I’d probably cut back on some of the chiles and Sichuan peppercorns.

  • Ssäm sauce

    • Rinshin on April 29, 2014

      I love this! I can see this being used as sauces and dipping sauces including tacos! Yes, Asian/Mexican tacos. This will be great too as sauce for fried eggs. Over chilled tofu. Over chilled and sliced chicken. Great versatility.

  • Traditional dashi

    • Dannausc on November 11, 2018

      Good and easy

  • Xo with long beans (or green, wax or purple beans)

    • meggan on May 13, 2013

      The thing is - long beans have a really weird texture. They squeak against your teeth. I admittedly used a jarred XO sauce that I love ( from YS Gourmet ) and cavalierly threw in some soy and and butter but really I would rather just eat the sauce with something else. Maybe bok choy?

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Reviews about this book

  • Everyday Annie

    This book is full of completely drool-worthy recipes and those I have made so far have turned out perfectly.

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  • Food52 by David Kamp

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  • Food52 by Ed Levine

    The 2010 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks vs. Donald Link's Real Cajun

    Full review
  • Food52 by Kim Sunee

    The 2010 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks winner vs. The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern

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  • Fine Cooking

    Best yet, this book offers something that you can’t get at Chang’s restaurants: a chance to get into the mind of one of America’s most interesting chefs.

    Full review
  • ISBN 10 030745195X
  • ISBN 13 9780307451958
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Nov 15 2009
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

The Wall Street Journal says: "Chef David Chang's first cookbook is long, laced with profanity and full of complicated, labor-intensive recipes... In food circles, it's one of the most highly anticipated books of the year."

David Chang is the hottest chef in America, and Momofuku is the book that shares his sought-after recipes with explosive Asian flavors, his food inspirations, his tricks of the trade, and a behind-the-scenes look at his now world-renowned restaurants.

Momofuku is both the story and the recipes behind the cuisine that has changed the modern-day culinary landscape. Chang relays with candor the tale of his unwitting rise to superstardom, which, though wracked with mishaps, happened at light speed. And the dishes shared in this book are coveted by all who've dined--or yearned to--at any Momofuku location (yes, the pork buns are here). This is a must-read for anyone who truly enjoys food.

“David Chang is magical--that’s why it’s so difficult to explain what he does. I can only tell you that you need to experience his cooking; it will move you deeply. He is a chef of prodigious talent–and also a great guy.” —Ferran Adrià

“The breathless hype is true. His food is as good and as exciting as everyone says it is. David Chang has opened up a new direction in dining and cooking. With his troika of Momofukus, he changed the whole game. Scary-smart, funny, and ambitious, the wildly creative Chang is the guy all chefs have got to measure themselves by these days.” --Anthony Bourdain

“As a food professional I am always on the look out for the new, the different, and the delicious. It was with great pleasure that one day I tasted David Chang’s pork buns at Momofuku. Since then, I have sampled almost all of his delectable creations and I am so pleased that I finally have a book of recipes that will allow me to try to emulate them at home.” --Martha Stewart

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