Anyone who’s ever rolled a lettuce leaf around a bite of Korean barbecued meat will recognize the idea behind Momofuku Ssam Bar, which serves burrito-like wraps in thin pancakes.
Like its popular sister restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar, the month-old Ssam Bar emphasizes pedigreed ingredients like moist, tender slow-roasted Berkshire pork. “Wow,” sighs dkstar1. The pork is remarkably flavorful, with great texture–smooth parts, shredded parts, crispy parts. It’s the essence of Berkshire pork. Fixings include slaw, kimchi puree, and bacon-enriched black beans. For extra chile heat, add a squeeze of sriracha. It’s a fantastic sandwich.
Other fillings: organic chicken (with edamame, slaw, and sweet white kimchi puree) and a vegetarian option with shiitakes, edamame, tofu, and bean sprouts. Neither comes close to the pork. Besides the pancake wrap, you can order the same fillings with rice, to be wrapped in Bibb lettuce leaves. Detractors complain of high prices (around $9 for a wrap, a few bucks more for the lettuce-rice dish) and excessive greasiness in the pork wrap.
Also on the menu: steamed buns filled with chicken or pulled Berkshire pork. Most prefer the crowd-pleasing version at Momofuku Noodle Bar, which is made with pork belly.
Momofuku Ssam Bar [East Village]
207 2nd Ave., at E. 13th St., Manhattan
Momofuku Noodle Bar [East Village]
163 1st Ave., near E. 10th St., Manhattan
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