EATS - Momofuku Noodle Bar

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winterlicious is a great time to try out some restaurants within a price budget. For $18, my friend and I checked out the Momofuku Noodle Bar. We got to sit right on the island of the kitchen and watch the cooks prepare out food. Most of the ingredients were prepped before open so only assembly was needed – a great method for getting food out fast especially considering how busy it was.
For snacks, we got the chicken meatball bun and the pork belly bun. The buns were soft, warm and mildly chewy with a hint of sweetness to them. The chicken meatballs were perfectly seasoned and came with ssam sauce, lettuce and smoked pickle - but could have used some more texture to in the meat as they were fairly large. The pork belly was soft and had the right amount of BBQ sauce and came with a bit of slaw and sweet pickle – but would have been better with a piece of crispy skin added.
Onto the noodle bowls! We got the tan tan ramen and beef udon noodle. The tan tan ramen had just enough soup to cover the noodles and was dressed with ground spicy chicken, bok choy, green onion, and a soft boiled egg topped with sesame and spices. The ramen was good, probably one of the best ramen I’ve ever had as it wasn’t too spicy, salty or filling. The only thing I would swap out is the ground chicken for cuts of chicken. The beef udon noodle came with slices of beef and pickled onion, green onion, basil, xian spice and cured yolk. The last three ingredients were questionable as we didn’t see or taste it, but the beef udon was fairly delicious with a flavour similar to curry and provided a bit of kick as the spiciness caught up to you throughout the meal.
Dessert consisted of the coke float soft serve and the spiced chocolate mousse. The coke float soft serve was an interesting twist although it was served to us a bit runny. The flavour tasted similar to coke, but the spices in the soft serve were more pronounced than the sweetness compared to actual coke. The spiced chocolate mousse was served cold and came in a cute little jar. It was rich and had the density of a ganache rather than a mousse, and was decorated with honeycomb toffee bits. I was worried that this would be too spicy, but there was just enough Sichuan spice to enhance the chocolate flavour. 

I probably wouldn’t go the Momofuku Noodle Bar on the reg, but it’s definitely a place where you should try at least once if you’re in Toronto, a foodie, a noodle enthusiast or all three.

Did you attend Winterlicious or try any new restaurants lately?

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