Monday, August 22, 2011

Bo Ssam at Momofuku Ssam

One of our friends was celebrating her birthday and arranged for a group of us to have the Bo Ssam Dinner at Momofuku Ssam. I've never been so excited about someone else's birthday dinner, I've been hearing about this meal since we've moved to NYC!
Since we were a rather large group, they recommended that we supplement the dinner with some shared dishes so we did.

Pickled Oysters 
Pork Buns

Spicy Pork Sausage and Rice Cakes
It was all good of course (even though I swear the pork buns at Noodle Bar are better). But I was pumped for the main event. For those of you unfamiliar, here is the overview:

the bo ssäm (ssäm is korean for enclosed or wrapped) includes a whole slow cooked pork shoulder, a dozen oysters, white rice, bibb lettuce, ssäm sauce (korean bbq sauce), kimchi and ginger scallion sauce. the dish is essentially pork and condiments wrapped in lettuce.   

That's right, they serve you a pork but with tongs. It is so tender that you just pull it off the bone and it shreds perfectly for your lettuce wrapping pleasure. No knives needed here. It was delightfully salty which could be offset by the various condiments, or just eaten straight. We all left the table stuffed and happy...but we stopped by at Milk Bar to grab some treats for later when our stomachs returned to the normal size. 

Find a way to scrounge up 5-9 friends and figure out a night that works for all of you (no small feat, I know!).

Momofuku Ssäm Bar on Urbanspoon

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