Hey friends! It’s been a while since my last post. Thing is, last week was my birthday week and I’m also busy preparing for a huge party this coming Saturday for hubby’s birthday. Yup, March is our birthday month and I’m struggling to find time to cook something for this blog.
Anyhow, one of the presents I got from hubby for my birthday is the Momofuku cookbook by David Chang! I’ve always wanted to have one and I was literally close to getting one from Amazon. Perfect timing
I got my Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table last December from my sister and thought a David Chang and Thomas Keller should be in my collection too. Now that I got my Momofuku book, anyone’s welcome to pamper me with a Thomas Keller hehe
I like Dorie’s book and have made her Gougeres but I can’t connect much because I haven’t been to France. I haven’t eaten in an authentically-French restaurant although there’s a lot of restaurants in Manila that serve French cuisine. However, I can’t even tell if they’re authentic or not because I have no basis of comparison.
On the reverse, I connect a lot with David Chang’s book. First off, he’s Korean and I’m hooked to Korean dramas and reading about his struggles as a budding chef towards forming the Momofuku empire led me to thinking that his stories should be made into a movie! Secondly, I’ve been to NYC and I can picture the food business scenarios he describes in the book. More importantly, I can connect with his food trip and style maybe because we’re of the same age (1977 babies, yeah!). The young man is a genius!
To me, when I hear Momofuku, the first thing that comes to mind is Steamed Pork Buns. I thought that with the book on hand, there’s no reason for me to dilly-dally.
Well, what I thought sounded easy (“steamed” = easy for me) turned out to be a painstaking labor. The pork buns are not as easy as 1-2-3. The three major components of the dish all require hard work and extreme patience! All in all, I started preparing at 11am just so that we can eat the buns by 7pm. That felt like day of waiting and prepping and cooking!
Now you may wonder, is it worth the effort? I’d say a million times that YES, the buns are sensational and insanely delicious that I won’t get tired of making them over and over!