Korean Sushi Rolls with Walnut-Edamame Crumble
David Changwas inspired to make these playful rolls by a snack he had at Yunpilam, a temple in South Korea, where the nuns served him edamame mixed with walnuts and molasses. His rolls have an edamame-and-walnut filling; unlike other sushi rolls, they can be served warm.
Superfast Salt-and-Sugar Pickles
In Japan, salt pickles are a staple. F&W Best New Chef 2006 David Chang serves his right after seasoning, while they’re still vibrant and crunchy.
Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Mint
The sweet-and-salty vinaigrette on these sprouts, bolstered by fresh herbs and chiles, is a staple at David Chang’s Manhattan restaurant Momofuku Ssäm Bar. The key to the dish is to almost burn the brussels sprouts; the charred flavor is irresistible.
David Chang’s cookbook Momofuku reveals the wildly creative New York City chef’s obsession with Asian flavors, as in this steamed Japanese egg custard with mushrooms and crabmeat.
Sugar Snaps and Snow Peas with Grated Fresh Horseradish
Convenience-store wasabi-coated peas, a fiery, crunchy snack, inspired this vibrant summer dish from David Chang. Chang decided to echo the flavor of the peas by tossing some of his favorite crisp vegetables from the farmers’ market (including snow peas and sugar snaps) with fresh horseradish. Be sure to grate the horseradish at the very last minute, he advises, since it loses potency quickly as it sits.
Sparkling White Kimchi
“You see 7UP quite a bit in Korean recipes,” says David Chang. “My mom cooked with it: She put it in a noodle dish, she added it to beef stock.” When he wanted to prepare a quick “white” version of kimchi, Chang opted for 7UP; it adds lovely bubbliness to the cabbage. It can be served as a side dish like traditional red chile kimchi or with cold noodle soup.
Honey-Soy-Glazed Vegetables with Crispy Mushrooms
David Chang created this dish as a play on Korean sweet-and-sour pork—but without the deep-fried meat and cloying sauce. Instead, he tosses turnips and radishes with a mix of honey and soy sauce and serves them with sautéed shiitake mushrooms that have an ingenious, crispy rice-cracker coating.
Shiitake-and-Swiss-Chard Soup with Hand-Cut Noodles
David Chang flavors this fabulous broth with dried shiitakes; fresh shiitakes intensify the flavor. The highlight: simple noodles thrown in at the end. “They’re based on the udon I learned to make in Tokyo,” Chang says.
Maple Root-Vegetable Stir-Fry with Sesame
In Korea, cooks typically create stir-fries with just one kind of vegetable—lotus root, say, or potatoes. David Chang decided to break with tradition and stir-fry an assortment of vegetables, including Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips. Also unconventional is the maple syrup he adds to the dish; there are maple trees all around South Korea but not much maple syrup.
Mashed-Potato Spring Rolls
David Chang took F&W’s Thanksgiving challenge by improvising a Momofuku-style feast from basic leftovers, including turning mashed potatoes and green beans into this crispy canapé, a salute to the 1950s.
Turkey Breast with Ginger-Scallion Sauce
David Chang recommends poaching turkey breast in leftover turkey stock before serving it with ginger-scallion sauce.