Ko Kimchi Consommé with Pork Belly, Napa Cabbage and Oysters

The Ko kimchi consommé is supposed to be an up-scale take on the bo ssäm, which I’ve yet to make, but if it tastes even a fraction as good as this dish, I’ll be happy. The Ko chapter talks a lot about the perfection of food. The word soigné is thrown around a fair bit, the food at Ko is supposed to be refined, polished and elegant.

Having been to Ko, I can see Chang’s obsessive compulsiveness with perfection reflected in the movements of the chefs. No a movement is wasted – the chefs are deft, fast and sure. I didn’t have a chance to have the kimchi consommé at Ko, but I wish I could have. The smokiness of the pressed pork belly, the sweetness of the napa, the refined spiciness of the kimchi consommé and the freshness of the oysters was fantastic. I can only imagine how incredible it would have been eating a Chang approved version.

Oyster shucking is one of the many techniques that I’ll take away from Momofuku. I love being able to shuck my own oysters. It’s completely satisfying and fresh. We bought kusshi oysters, which have a super-sweet, ultra-clean, sea-salty flavour that counter balanced the richness of the pork.

This dish takes a bit of time, but like most things that do, it was worth it.

Parts of this dish: Kimchi Consommé and Pressed Pork Belly

14 Comments add yours

  1. I’m clicking the imaginary “Like” button as I read this. And I’m imagining myself eating the dish in these pictures! Looks great.

    Thanks so much! I think I may have to make it again soon.

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:11 am
  2. Looks amazing! You should have your hubby install the new Facebook ‘Like’ button so we can all properly ‘Like’ your post and share with friends! :p Well done!

    Heehee, I’ll have to ask him to do that!

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:11 am
  3. I found out that a local pork farmer will bring pork belly to the farmer’s market if we email him ahead of time. I may have to email him now, this looks too good to pass up!

    Fresh local pork belly!? I’m jealous!

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:12 am
  4. wow just found this blog through tastespotting. great feat!!! i was debating buying this cookbook and your translation of the recipes really pushed me over the edge. i’m about to order it on amazon! thanks.

    Thanks! You’re going to love the book, seriously!

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:14 am
  5. looks almost too pretty to eat!

    Almost, but not quite, because we totally devoured it!

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:23 am
  6. this looks incredible!

    Thank you!

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:24 am
  7. I will have to make this for sure. I can almost taste it already, it must be brilliant.

    I wasn’t sure if it would come out good, but I loved it!

    steph on May 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm
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