Eat: Momofuku Noodle Bar

(Please note, this is a post from my tumblr that I will be closing, and I’d like to save a few posts by re-posting here. Momofuku opened in Toronto in late September 2012, I ate there a few days after it opened).

When I heard David Chang of the famed Momofuku empire was opening up a few restaurants in Toronto, I got a little excited. I never had the opportunity to go to the original New York location, but it is okay; I am able to try the signature pork buns without having to cross the border!

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I met up with my two best friends after work outside the Shangri-La. It was an approximate 40 minutes wait (they don’t take reservations), and we opted to wait upstairs on the second floor where their Nikai Bar & Lounge was located.

We were notified of available seating via text message and were seated in front of the kitchen, where you can see chefs prepare bowls of ramen.

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Momofuku’s signature pork buns. SO. GOOD. Can you believe it’s only pork belly, pickled cucumbers, green onions, hoisin sauce and sriracha sauce sandwiched in a steam bun?

ImageOne of my best friend ordered the chicken and egg rice. She found it was an okay dish.

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Both myself and my other best friend ordered the Momofuku ramen. Consisted of pork belly, shredded pork shoulder, pickled cabbage, fish cake & egg. The broth didn’t have much pork favour like a typical ramen should have. Overall, it was only an okay bowl of ramen, and I’m probably being a bit generous.

Despite the fact there’s a large amount of excitement about this place, I probably will not be back anytime soon. Value-wise, you wouldn’t find it here: $15 for a bowl of ramen, $10 for 2 pork buns. Taste-wise, it really depends. I personally love the pork buns, and it was the only thing that saved my experience at Momofuku. Sadly, it’s not a place to go to for a delicious bowl of ramen.

Momofuku Noodle Bar
190 University Avenue (Ground floor)
Toronto, ON
M5H 0A3

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