Momofuku Noodle Bar Chef David Chang’s New iPad App

Most ramen fans cannot afford an iPad, unless you are forced to eat ramen because you bought one, but for those of you with an iPad, check out this new app from Momofuku Noodle Bar chef David Chang.

…the first app will present an interactive bowl of ramen from his Momofuku Noodle Bar. Clicking the ingredients in the image will reveal about 35 videos, 50 recipes, graphics and other elements.

“We thought the ramen was the best thing to start with,” he said. “Within that soup there’s so many things. We wanted to see how far we could go down that rabbit hole.”

The ramen app will include a tour of a ramen factory in Japan; an interview with Allan Benton, the Tennessee smokehouse master whose bacon is used in the broth; a consultation with Harvard food scientists about Mr. Chang’s efforts to make a pork-based variant of dashi; a talk by Harold McGee (green-screened into outer space) on hot broth’s effects on noodles; and a scrollable time line tracing the rise of ramen in Japan over the last century. There will also be appearances by Wylie Dufresne, Charlie Rose and Anthony Bourdain, and plenty of cooking demonstrations.

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Homemade Ramen Noodles

I’ve posted a link on a way to make ramen noodles at home before, but this one looks different It also includes a lot of details on the process and different variations used to get to the final recipe which is pretty cool. The post here also has some details on the “Science Behind the Noodles” which includes details on alkali water and what impact it has on the final product (similar to brewing beer, in which the water also has a large impact).

Frankly I’m way too lazy to do this myself, but if any of you try it, let me know.