Last weekend I found myself at the Momofuku Milk Bar. Yes its such a weird yet fun word to say. The creator of this inventive chain came up with the name of his brand as an homage to Momofuku Ando who is the creator of instant ramen. Ramen itself is what got him into the food industry because he was so inspired by the ramen he had in London during a study abroad trip he switched gears from the 9 to 5 job had and into culinary school. Now we have this chain from Noodle Bars in Toronto to Milk Bars in Brooklyn.
The Milk Bar on Metropolitan avenue was a quaint little place. Had such a cute little vibe that almost made you forget that it was a chain of restaurants; more like a mom and pop ice cream place mixed with a bakery. The Milk Bar itself is known for their soft serve cereal milk and crack pie ice cream flavors. I got to taste both and sadly I was very underwhelmed. In New York this is a very trendy huge place to go to. Especially in the food world. David Chang is very well respected so I expected one of the best ice cream flavors. Like just listen to the names “Cereal Milk” and “Crack Pie”! One, who doesn’t love drinking the milk at the bottom your cereal bowl? Two, crack and pie I mean just come on that name speaks for itself.
The cereal milk tasted like the bottom of a corn flakes bowl that has been sitting out for a little too long. It wasn’t really sweet at all and maybe thats my fault for expecting the ice cream to be sweet. I know that Chang clearly does things unorthodoxly so why would this be different. Then besides that there was a sour taste, almost like the milk was spoiled but it wasn’t. Just had a very very raw milk flavor. It was then topped off with a cornflake crunch which was not sweet as well. It was purely salty. Literally had huge grains of sea salt mixed with crushed cornflakes. Over all this dessert was more savory then sweet. As for the crack pie I only got to taste it but, that was more then enough. It was like eating pure whipped butter and meted caramel. Which wasn’t a bad thing. I just felt like if I bought a whole cup of it I would have gotten tired after the taste after 5 licks. So I was very content with my little taste test. I ended up liking that taste more then my whole cup of cereal milk. But since my mom bought the cereal milk cup for me I had to “enjoy” it more than I actually did. Or else I would have heard the whole speech of how I wasted her money. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t hate the ice cream I just wasn’t fond of it. It was just something for me to say I tried and now that I did I had my fill.
As for the cookie I got to taste because that is what my mom decided to get, was really yummy. I definitely enjoyed that more then anything and that was only one bite. The compost cookie has expresso, potato chips, chocolate chips, and pretzels. That is just 4 components of this compost that was evidently in the cookie. Now this was the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I just loved the whole bite as a whole. It was like you didn’t need the coffee that you typically drink with your dessert; it was already in the cookie itself.
In total everything was only $6.50. That is not bad at all. If you wanna be apart of the crowd that says “I got to try Momofuku’s” then its isn’t pricey price to pay at all. I would say to come and check it out because maybe you’ll be a fan of ice cream more than I was. But, either way you need to come to spend $2.00 on a cookie, it’s so worth it. So just go and fill your blogetite even if it’s just for a cookie, you’ll thank me.