I’m just your average girl who loves to cook and who loves noodles. I am noodle folk, broth runs through my veins. Whenever I travel, noodle restaurants are always on my list of places to visit.
In 2007, I visited New York, and one of the places I wanted to eat at most was Momofuku Noodle Bar, but it almost didn’t happen. My first visit to Momofuku seemed like fate, it never would have happened without a lucky string of delayed flights, flukey taxi drop-offs, and the willingness to wait 45 minutes for the restaurant to open (although Vancouverites who eat at Toshi know 45 minutes is not a long wait).
A couple of years later I had my wedding and honeymoon in New York City. Instead of taking care of wedding details such as flowers or hair and makeup, I hit up all 4 Momofukus. (There happen to be 5 ‘fukus now, but it’s a good excuse to go back.) It was absolutely delicious: a fried chicken feast (see below), the Ko lunch menu, watching the chicken wing chef lovingly caress each wing before plating, these are memories that last a lifetime, my friends!
Of course, my love of food isn’t restricted to *just* noodles. I love all food. It’s my passion. My husband, friends, and family know this, so I get a lot of cookbooks as presents. Truthfully, I don’t read more than 10 pages of most of them. They’re more like reference guides, for those “hmm, I wonder if Thomas Keller has a bread pudding recipe” moments.
This year though, I got the Momofuku cookbook for Christmas. Momofuku!? Cookbook?! It was perfect. I sat myself on the couch and read the entire book cover to cover on Christmas Day. It was the best cookbook I ever read. After I finished I realized two things: 1) it would be super yummy to cook every recipe in this book and 2) why not put up a site where I could write and take photos of the process?
I know, I know. Blogging your way through a cookbook’s been done. It’s passé. There was even that movie. But I haven’t tried it yet, and it could be fun! Last night I dreamt I was a ham-steak and no one wanted me. Random, I know. I’m hoping this blog will alleviate my ham-steak pain. It’s not a gimmick, it’s just a good way to motivate myself.
Update: One can’t live on Momofuku food alone! You might have noticed that there are a bunch of other posts up that have nothing to do with Momofuku at all. Some of them are original recipes, some of them have been inspired by others, but all of them are delicious!
September 2010 Update:
Now that I’ve cooked through the entire Momofuku book, it’s time to give myself a new goal. It’ll be a big jump for me to go from Momofuku, a cookbook that no one thought was for the home cook to go to Ad Hoc at Home, which is, in Keller’s words: a big collection of family meals and everyday staples, delicious approchable food, and recipes that are doable at home. I guess we’ll see just how doable Chef Keller’s recipes really are!