Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own
Have you been to Mŏkbar?
I was invited to review it last week and not a day has gone by since that I haven’t thought about my spectacular meal there!
Esther Choi is the dynamic force behind Mokbar and is definitely a chef to keep an eye on. Driven by the inspiration from her grandmother’s cooking, she also trained at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and the kitchens of ilili, La Esquina and the Food Network.
Choi is truly passionate about bringing home-style, creative Korean flavors to New York City and world.
Mokbar is tucked away in a calm corner within the commotion of Chelsea Market. It is basically a Korean inspired ramen shop, which combines traditional broths with Japanese ramen noodles. Choi’s menu is based on home-style Korean recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Every dish brought out from her kitchen really pack a punch.
The menu at Mŏkbar consists of dishes like “Kimchi Ramen” which is bacon broth with braised pork and stewed kimchi. Each ramen bowl on the menu has a “story” which describes the origin of its traditional flavors.
The menu also consists of “Anju” which are Korean small plates meant to be shared. These are usually paired with beer or soju. I loved Choi’s version of “disco fries” which are made with super crispy fries topped off with ramen gravy, cheese curd, kimchi, nori. I tell you this dish is a knockout! You also have to try her “Sweet Potato Chips” – they are outstanding!
Esther Choi’s bowls and plates are just like her – feisty, innovative and full of zing.
I think Mokbar is definitely worth a visit – I just can’t wait to go back!
Here is some of what we ate:
Ginger Plum Tea
Sweet Potato Chips