Ma Peche – NYC Midtown Momofuku Lunch

11 Dec

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On the occasion of J recreating a dish we had in NYC the last time we were there, I decided to post about the lunch we had at Ma Peche, David Chang’s midtown Momofuku spinoff.

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Ma Peche is hard to describe. What makes it distinct from the Momofukus? It’s not in the East Village and at dinner the menu reads at first glance like a regular restaurant with apps, proteins, dessert. Lunch is half a takeoff from the regular Momofuku classics – the famous pork bun, ramen but done with duck not pork.

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This is the duck ramen. It’s interesting, good even. The problem is I’ve had the classic Momofuku ramen, and this is not as good (read: fatty). It’s an interesting change of pace, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’ve only got one meal in NYC.

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That first shot up above was their rice cake dish, which is their take on Korean dukboki. Except this was made with a tofu emulsion, edamame, and these wonderful Japanese mushrooms. It was really great, like no dukboki I’ve ever had. I saw the dish is still on the menu, but done with different ingredients.

J decided to take a stab at this dish at home. She put tofu in a blender with a little gochujang to create the sauce. Stir fried with edamame and mushrooms. It was pretty good. Not exactly like the Ma Peche version, but worth trying again.

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We’ll see if I ever get up the courage to try making the Momofuku ramen at home.

located in chambers hotel
15 w. 56th street
btwn 5th + 6th ave.
new york, ny 10019
212.757.5878

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