Le Cochon//Momofuku Ssam Bar Sunday pig-in

Eight gastronauts.

Sunday at 12pm.

Momofuku Ssam Bar “bo ssam” lunch.

Heaven is a place on Earth…

Bibb Lettuce + 4 sauces. Red chili + soybean paste, ginger + scallion, kimchee, pureed kimchee
Bibb lettuce + ginger/scallion sauce
PORK BUTT. Pinch it.

I’ve been to David Chang’s Ssam Bar a number of times but never for the Bo Ssam. Not until a friend finally held the reins and made a reservation for a long Sunday lunch.

Not much to be said here and that the beauty of it! Wrap tender pork butt in lettuce with white rice, add one of the four sauces and maybe an oyster. Simple and incredibly flavorful. Spicy, salty, tender and crunchy. The genius part is that you get to eat with your hands and doesn’t everything taste better when its utensil free? Ya.

You don’t need to order starters but being eight little pigs, we had to. It would be off brand if we didn’t. Start with the Steamed Pork Buns, Bread & Butter (that butter would be lardo) and the Buttermilk Biscuit which is a glorifed bacon, egg and cheese sandwich –  David Chang doing what he does best – glorifing the ordinary. No underlying pun intended. Sorta.

The Avery “White Rascal” White Ale is tops with all this pork fat.Washs down cold and clean.

I’m still thinking about the pork. Is that sad or what?

from the website:

q: what does the bo ssäm include?
a: the bo ssäm (which is korean for enclosed or wrapped) includes a whole slow cooked pork shoulder, a dozen oysters, white rice, bibb lettuce, ssäm jiang (korean bbq sauce), kimchi and ginger scallion sauce. the dish is essentially pork and condiments wrapped in lettuce.

q: how much is it?
a: $200 for your entire party. not including other food and drinks ordered or tax and tip.

q: what are the available time slots?
a: we offer the bo ssäm at dinner and lunch. for dinner, sunday to thursday, 5, 6, 6:30pm. friday and saturday, 5:00, 5:15, 5:45pm and 11, 11:30pm. the lunch bo ssäm is offered everyday at 12, 12:30, 1pm.

Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500

Fabbie Fabio//Quotes from the Italian Top Cheffer

Anyone else laugh out loud last night during the most boring season of Top Chef and maybe the worlds most boring episode in the history of television? I sure did. Thanks be to god because if it were not for Fabio, then I would have quit this season last night:

Let us gather at the lap of Fabio and let his thick Italian accent guide us through the mysteries of life:

“Nothing can stress me out, if they’re going to give me a monkey ass to fill with fried bananas, I’ll come up with something anyways, is not a problem” 

“Welcome to the country of opportunities…opportunities for make something new for me…” 

“I’m 30 years old and I have to sleep in a bunky bed”

Word to live by my children, words to live by…

A Taste of Fall

Why, hello there dearest.

A most wonderful foundation, C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program) will be holding their annual Junior Benefit “A Taste of Fall” on Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm at Marquee. It will FO SHO be an event you will not want to miss…oh, why?, you ponder? …because yours truly is helping out this most wonderful foundation in whatever spare time she has! Plus this benefit is for the younger generation, say between 21 and 35 (upgrade!) and what better way to help the culinary industry than starting with those who have a great passion for food, but not necessarily the means to accomplish their dreams (did I make your tear? buy a ticket then!)

More info:
Grey Goose is our alcohol sponsor and the wines are donated by Charmer Sunbelt Group! We will feature 9 C-CAP graduate chefs and their restaurants. Live music will be performed by the David Grausman Trio.

The VIP raffle prize this year is dinner for 2 with Nina and Tim Zagat at Blue Hill Restaurant! Other raffle prizes include: 4 premium Rangers tickets, 2 court-side Knicks tickets, dinner for 2 at several top NYC restaurants, Metropolitan Opera tickets, NY Philharmonic tickets, a 90 minute massage in your home, nutrition counseling, personal training, hair highlights and cut by the colorist who does Laura Linney, Renee Fleming and Mary Louise Parker’s hair color, and much, much more!!

As an added perk, guests will be allowed to stay at Marquee when it turns into a club!

Please forward the invitation to anyone in the “Junior” age bracket (21-35). The money we raise goes towards a C-CAP Junior Committee scholarship to help students pay for college.

C-CAP has changed the lives of many underserved high school students, and we can’t continue our work without your much needed support!! Thank you in advance for purchasing tickets and forwarding the invitation to friends and co-workers.

Top Chef

I’ve been suppressing a lot of Top Chef info I have b/c I am not sure whether it’s moral or not to ruin it for you lovlies. I know this much

1. I personally know and love one of the chef’s competing this season.

2. I may or may not have tried to hit on him a few times.

3. Padma is high high high maintenance. So much so that it disgusts me.

Eater has great coverage on the latest…such as this info from last night’s taping at Le Bernadin.