Since I’m trying to save money this year, which is not a habit I am entirely familiar with [likely because a) I have no impulse control and b) I don’t make enough], I’ve been having lunch at home. With my ahem flexible schedule, I’m able to cook lunch chez moi. This also runs the risk of me not seeing anyone all day, but there you have it. Concessions for saving that cash flow.
Usually my lunches consist of chopped romaine and a mass of random items found in my refrigerator. Take a gander at a recent lunch:
Not half bad, right? Romaine, cukes, pomegranates, some seasoned cashews, hummus , tofu, and a little pita.
As a longtime East Village resident, I’m no stranger to David Chang’s Momofuku empire. I’ve had rotisserie duck lunches at Ssam bar many a time, ramen at noodle bar, LOTS of corn cookies at Milk Bar and drinks at Booker & Dax and Ma Pêche. In my DC hiatus, I haven’t visited newly minted Fuku and Nishi, but I did get to try David Chang’s new Momofuku empire here in Washington.
The shrimp Louie is a must get (we actually ordered two).The thin slices of jalapeño cut through the richness of the Russian dressing.
I’d only had the Momofuku pork buns before, but the mushroom version certainly delivered a lovely hit of umami.
We also ordered the shrimp buns–a thick patty coated with a spicy-creamy sauce in their fluffy buns. I actually preferred the mushroom, strangely enough, but the shrimp was terrific as well.
The chilled spicy noodles were studded with Szechuan sausage and crunchy candied cashews. I found them a tad over-oily, but the noodles were springy and satisfying nonetheless.
A repeat visit will be necessary, for sure, before I move back to the home of the Momo empire!
1090 I Street
Washington, DC 20001