Momofuku began brunch last weekend. It’s good timing. The new menu items are well suited to chillier temperatures.
The year-old, massive restaurant has been satisfying ramen lovers since its opening. The David Chang establishment is headed up by Executive Chef Patrick Curran. Curran’s brunch additions don’t distract from the ramen offerings, which should please anyone making a trek to City Center on a Saturday morning.
The highlights of the new brunch menu are the bacon, egg and cheese buns. The simple creation is served with Bourbon maple syrup, which isn’t as sweet as you’d expect. It’s a great shared appetizer.
The sausage biscuit isn’t as shareable, or as attractive, but if you’re a breakfast sausage lover, it’s the one thing you need to try.
The main entree additions include chicken jook, roasted rice cakes and twice cooked pork noodles.
The chicken jook is comfort food. The rice porridge isn’t as trendy as ramen and never will be. It’s not as visually appealing and Portlandia isn’t going to base an episode around it. If you’re looking for something that’ll make your cold feel better, order the traditional dish. It tastes better than it looks.
The roasted rice cakes benefit from pickled onions and jalapenos. The peppers give it a nice kick. Another more traditional dish, this is really good for sharing. I thought it might taste better the next day. It does not. Finish it at the restaurant. I do not know how to reheat rice cakes correctly. The restaurant knows how to do it right.
The crowd pleaser is the twice cooked pork noodles. The Korean style twice cooked pork belly would be enjoyed at 11 a.m., 11 p.m. or 3 a.m. It’s amazing. There were no pork belly leftovers.
The dish is served with maple fish sauce vinaigrette. It’s better than it sounds.
If you’re part of a couple at Momofuku’s brunch, order one of the buns to split, one of the brunch dishes and something from their standard menu. You’ll scratch the breakfast itch, sample inventive takes on Asian breakfast and still have leftovers for your post-food coma nap.