The Newest Face of Ma Peche: Dim Sum Style
Ma Peche in Midtown has gone through so many changes in its five years that I sometimes don’t know how to describe it. The good thing is that every transformation has been equally impressive that I don’t mind the changes. Gone are the beef seven ways tastings and the French Vietnamese inspired dishes and in its place are a fabulous feast of lamb and chicken rice for a large group and a dim sum style small plates a la carte.
As soon as you sit down, the carts will start to wheel your way. The first to arrive at our table was the raw bar full of crudos and freshly shucked oysters and other cold plates.
We chose to start with the pickled plate, made with a medley of cucumbers, beets, lotus roots and mixed mushrooms. The beets were pickled with a fragrant pepper mix and the mushrooms were so refreshing and wonderful that I couldn’t stop eating them.
The pork buns were wheeled by our table in a separate cart and served in traditional dim sum fashion.
Each little basket contained only one soft bun filled with fatty pieces of pork belly so unless you want to share, make sure to order more than just one. As one of the dishes that the Momofuku empire is so well known for, this is a must order. A dab of house made hot sauce made it even better.
Other dim sum dishes came around on an available basis and since we didn’t have all the time in the world, we went with two larger plates from the specialty menu. I have always gone with Ma Peche’s toasted rice cakes which has always been a part of the menu from the very start of the restaurant. This time though, the lamb noodles caught my eyes.
Served with braised lamb, cabbage and chili jam and a soft egg, the chewy noodles were hearty and filling. The egg made a fabulous sauce that coated every strand of the spicy noodles. I would be happy with a bowl of this on any given day.
And lastly, a plate of the fried brussels sprouts of course, another signature of Momofuku. The version here as served with ginger scallion, cherry and calabrian chili. The sweetness of the cherries were fantastic against the smokiness of the brussel sprouts and the hint of heat from the chili.
Usually I would have followed up the fabulous lunch with a cookie or two… or three from the Milk Bar upstairs on my way out. This time though, I sped through and resisted the temptation. There will be another time of course…
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