Monday, March 14, 2011

HPC8: Momofuku Fried Chicken Dinner

Sunday marked the second attempt at an HPC dinner series. However, the meal was marred by the unprecedented flaking of 50% of the founding core. The remaining founders made the most of the situation and filled the gaps with new friends. Amy claimed to know one of them, no one believed her.

Of course no meal at Momofuku would be complete without a round of pork buns, the most delicious way to spend $5. Kyle cut off the fat on his bun, that was weird, Amy tried to eat his discarded fat, that was even weirder.

pork bun appetizer (2 for $10)

Within 30 minutes of our reservation time, and not the advertised 15 minutes to Alicia's chagrin, a large plate of 2.25 chickens was delivered to our table, consisting of two varieties, buttermilk fried and Korean fried. The crunch on the crispy buttermilk crust will only be matched by the sound of Ding's bone cracking as Alicia roundhouse kicks him in the face as punishment for his flakiness. For the most part, it was delicious, but I personally find the bowl of lettuce and mu shu pancakes to be incongruous with fried chicken. Surprisingly jalapeno soy sauce is especially delicious on fried chicken. At least it was until Lu dropped his fully licked chicken wing into the sauce, unbeknownst to Alicia who effectively swapped spit with Lu as he rudely did not mention his accident at the table to the rest of the party. For shame.

main event, fried chicken: southern style with a buttermilk and old bay batter (right) & korean style with a light spicy glaze (left)

this is two and a quarter chickens ($100)

The general consensus was, while the chicken was tasty, 8 is too many for 2.25 chickens. Everyone went their separate ways in search of more eats, Alicia and Timmay to Chikalicious to his dismay, Lu and Kyle for ice cream sandwiches, and Amy slinked off to watch Rango with a shady group of people. (and Chwang 1 sauntered off to reunite with Chwang 2, as it is physically impossible for them to be separated for more than 2 hours)

chicken party

Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Avenue (between 10th & 11th Street)
New York, NY 10003

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