So, here is the deal~ Momofuku is well known for the sinfully delicious melt-in-your-mouth pork belly buns~ And of course, when there is such fame on a little pork bun, rivals will come up with the similar items. I am not sure which restaurant had it first but Ippudo’s pork buns are popular as well.
Out of curiousity, I got myself pork buns from both establishments on the same night and made my own judgement!
Momofuku Pork Buns
Momofuku is very generous with the pork – but that could be because most of it is fat~ So here is the breakdown:
Pork – very soft, fat melts in your mouth and even taste good cold! Pork is very subtly seasoned so you get to enjoy the full porkiness. There is a lot more fat than actual meat though.
Bun – Very soft as well, thin (ish), fluffy, a little chewy and sweet (Perfect bun!)
Pickled Cucumber – ties the whole bun together with the sweet hoisin and hot sauce. As good as it gets.
Great pork, bun, veggie and sauce ratio~
Ippudo Pork Buns
Not as generous with the pork as Momofuku but each piece has nice layers of fat & meat.
Pork – very very flavourful, braised in a nice sweet soy sauce. Has a little bite to it, not very soft but tender enough. The pork has equal amounts of fat & actual meat.
Lettuce – kinda limp and just sits there, doesn’t add much to the bun, the hot pork just wilts it so it doesn’t stay nice and crisps and don’t add any texture.
Bun – Nice and sweet, a little thicker but also soft & fluffy.
The ratio of pork to bun to lettuce ratio is just a little off. There is just a thin sliver of pork, making half the bun just lettuce & hoisin sauce.
Final verdict: Momofuku takes the win! By a small margin, mainly because the pickled veggie and the right amount of everything makes for one good perfect bite after another.
In Ippudo, halfway through it was just eating bun. That being said, the pork is tastier in Ippudo but the Momofuku pork is just unbelievably tender and the fats literally disintegrates the moment it hits the tongue.
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