Monday, April 8, 2013

Momofuku Noodle Bar - Fried Chicken Dinner

Another birthday dinner post. This time at Momofuku Noodle Bar for the fried chicken dinner. I really love fried chicken and have sought out many different places to find the finest crispy fried chicken one would ever have. Truly the South wins at that battle, but that doesn't stop me from finding good fried chicken in NYC. So when the opportunity finally came to try Momofuku's fried chicken, I jumped at the chance.
Before the chicken, we decided to try some appetizers to whet our appetite. Here is the bok choy with fermented black beans, cauliflower mushroom, and lime ($10). This was just okay. Even though the dish had black beans in it, it didn't have a very strong flavor. It was very mild, in fact.
The Tokyo turnips ($10) with apple, radish, and granola was a bit better with its slightly tangy flavors and vast contrasts in texture.
And what's a visit to Momofuku is not complete without an order or two or three of the pork buns ($10 for 2). It was a bit messy this time but still quite tasty. Two large pieces of fatty pork belly, with lightly pickled cucumbers, scallions, and hoisin sauce wrapped in a fluffy white bun. Still is my favorite pork bun in the city.
And the last appetizer of the night, the duck sausage rice cakes ($14) with turnips, mint, and cabbage. Not bad at all. Fatty duck sausages, crispy fried rice cakes, and fresh vegetables.
And now the piece de resistance, the fried chicken ($100). Two whole fried chickens with one being southern style and the other Korean style. The southern style was soaked in a buttermilk and old bay batter while the Korean is triple fried and glazed with a sweet spicy sauce.
The fried chicken was unfortunately very dry. Not just slightly dry, but very. The southern style suffered more but that may be due to the glaze on the Korean chicken that compensated for the lack of juices. As far as seasoning goes, it was well seasoned but I couldn't get over the fact about how dry it was. It was very anti-climatic and disappointing.

The fried chicken dinner came with a bowl of lettuce, turnips, carrots, and several herbs.
As well as mu shu pancakes and 4 different sauces: hoisin, soy sauce with garlic, gochujang, and ginger scallion.
To offset some of the fattiness of the chicken, we also have 2 jars of pickled vegetables: one classic, the other kimchi. Both just fine and did its job.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed in the fried chicken dinner at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Some of you may think why didn't I say something at the time of my dinner. Well, the fact is that when I expressed myself to my friends, they felt relatively the same but not so much so that it warranted a complaint. So to that my dear readers is why I kept my mouth shut. I also thought that maybe it was a bad night. But this dinner is specific and cooked to order. They only do so many fried chicken dinners in a night and reservations are mandatory. It just didn't add up in my book. The chefs that night just overcooked the chicken. Simple as that.

Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-7773


  1. I been curious about doing this chicken dinner or the Ssam. Hopefully it was an off night but not in any rush to try either dinners...

    Never again with their ramen. That is for sure. Especially since Ippudo is much better.

  2. David Chang is the P.F. Chang of the East Village.


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