One of my favorite New York food treats is to inhale pork in many forms at Momofuku Ssam Bar. The Bo Ssam pork shoulder is particularly delightful, served whole and fall-apart-glistening for the table to share. Everyone grabs tongs and snaps at the meat like a pack of well-dressed wolves, filling lettuce leaves with slabs of silky shoulder topped with sticky rice, raw oysters (!), kimchi, and a bright blast of ginger scallion sauce. As gorgeous as that pork shoulder is—and it is a stunner, not to be missed —this last trip it was the addictive ginger scallion sauce that I couldn’t stop thinking about.
Luckily, I possess the Momofuku Cookbook and I just looked the dang stuff up when I got home. It’s a snap to make and I am not exaggerating when I say that its sparkle belongs on everything: noodles, all vegetables, scrambled eggs, rice, tofu, soups, all meats, your finger. So. Good. (After a little googling, I find I’m not the only one obsessed with the stuff: Sarah Gim’s take on Tastespotting blog and Francis Lam’s “explosive” version on Gilt Taste, which I also can’t wait to make.)”
Photo by Stephanie Meyer
For the photo, I tossed the sauce with hot rice noodles, ladled a bit of rich chicken stock into the bowl, and added a few pickles and crushed peanuts for crunch. Let’s call that dish Five-Minute Comfort, because that’s exactly how long it took to make (given already prepared sauce and a stash of chicken stock in the freezer). The other dish is chopped Brussels sprouts stir-fried with some of the sauce, topped with cubes of crispy fried tofu, topped with more sauce and a few dashes of toasted sesame oil. I dub that dish 15-Minute Comfort.
I ate them both right after the pic (separately and then tossed together, yes!)…snip, snap, gone.
Momofuku Ginger Scallion Sauce
Momofuku Cookbook by David Chang and Peter Meehan
Makes about 3 cups
2 1/2 c. thinly sliced scallions (greens and whites; from 1 to 2 large bunches)
1/2 c. finely minced peeled fresh ginger
1/4 c. grapeseed or other neutral oil (Stephanie’s note: I used safflower, would also use sunflower or peanut; I do not like canola oil)
1 1/2 tsp. usukuchi (light soy sauce)
3/4 tsp. sherry vinegar
3/4 tsp. Kosher salt, or more to taste
Mix together the scallions, ginger, oil, soy, vinegar, and salt in a bowl. Taste and check for salt, adding more if needed. Though it’s best after 15 or 20 minutes of sitting, ginger scallion sauce is good from the minute it’s stirred together up to a day or two in the fridge. Use as directed, or apply as needed.