I really respect David Chang, and the Momofuku brand, or more appropriately--empire--that he's built. His cookbook is one of the most approachable I've read, and is accessible to anyone even remotely interested in eating. I've also watched his lectures on bacterias and the development of misos. I have a lot of admiration for the guy.

His Momofuku Ramen, though...I just wasn't feelin'. It just had too much stuff in it. I like my ramen with noodles, broth, maybe some meat, and some scallions--that's it. Plus, I'm more of a tonkotsu guy, anyway. This was a shoyu broth, so maybe that had something to do with my disposition.

On the other hand, the Heirloom Tomato Salad with Sliced Beef, Melon, and Chili Vinaigrette blew my mind. What threw me off were the chunks of pineapple. I don't know where they came from or why there were there, but they made the dish for me. The sliced beef was extremely fatty. It's an odd combination that I would have never thought of on my own. Totally stealing it.