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Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Taste: Momofuku Milk Bar

On the way home from a doctor's appointment yesterday, DMR and I made a pit stop at Momofuku Milk Bar bakery. As this was a spontaneous visit, I wasn't prepared and immediately felt overwhelmed by all the choices. Did I want a slice or two of cake or pie? Wasn't there some sort of kimchi pork brioche I had read about? Could I leave without trying the soft serve?

In the end, I opted for three of the cookies: banana, compost and cornflakes-marshmallow-chocolate chip. The woman behind the counter also gave me a generous sampling of the cereal milk soft serve (take note, Chikalicious Puddin'), sating both my curiosity and craving.

My first tiny spoonful of the soft serve confused me, mainly because to me, cereal milk = Apple Jacks. I don't eat cereal regularly, mainly because milk upsets my gentle tummy. But my favorite cereal growing up was Apple Jacks and the little red flecked pinkish peach Os would create the most delicious flavored milk. So I guess I was expecting that and couldn't put my finger on the type of cereal the flavor of the soft serve was based on. With each additional spoonful though, I found myself liking the taste more and more. Wait, Alpha-Bits! Was it Alpha-Bits? There might have been a hint of oatiness to it.

At home, DMR and I shared this cornflakes-marshmallow-chocolate chip cookie.

According to Dan, it transformed me into a 5 year old. I won't dispute that. The cookie tasted like a rice krispies treat, only in cookie form, and better. It was crisp but also chewy, my favorite texture for cookies. All of the star ingredients mingled perfectly, not one overwhelming the others. I was reminded of cookies from a company coincidentally called David's Cookies that I loved growing up. They had stands at the mall and slice and bake logs available in the refrigerator section back in the 80s. Their cookies were perfect to me, crisp, chewy, chock full of chocolate chunks. Then the recipe changed and the brand vanished. Google tells me they still exist, but their logo and packaging looks suspiciously like Mrs. Fields'. Not the same.

Later in the evening, I polished off the banana cookie, also delicious and with that same chewy crispiness. We'll dig into the compost tonight. Hope it held up ok overnight!

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