If there’s one chef that we look up to (aside from Anthony Bourdain), it’s David Chang. The founder of the Momofuku Restaurant Group is anything but predictable. Eccentric recipes, fresh culinary ideas, and risque humor add to Chang’s peculiar charm.He’s a creative Chef who really knows what he’s doing, is not easily swayed by popular culinary trends, and stands firmly by his opinions.
Late last year, Chang joined forces with Bourdain to film the show The Mind of a Chef (TMOAC). It’s a pretty awesome series that showcases Chang in the kitchen, Chang goofing around with other chefs, Chang playing with ingredients that usually make it to the trash, and so much more.
Mye and I got hooked on the show. We watched it religiously and were awed by each episode. We’d often ask ourselves “WWDCD? (What Would David Chang Do?)” whenever we’d brainstorm for recipes. I’d like to think that it’s a strategy that’s proven effective so far. For those wondering how we come up with our recipe ideas, well, now you know part of the story.
The pilot episode of TMOAC features Chang creating various dishes out of instant ramen noodles. He made Ramen Cacio e Pepe, a Ramen Dip using the flavor packets (which we also did here), and Ramen Gnocchi. Inspired by his ingenuity, we embarked on an experiment to recreate his Ramen Gnocchi. There were a few differences, though. Instead of copying his Gremolata Butter sauce to finish, we used Cheez Whiz and Korean Mushrooms.
Making the gnocchi was tough. Apparently, Chang wasn’t kidding when he said, “I picked this [his blender] up from Jamba Juice.” Said blender would probably cost around PHP 40K at least. Mye and I used a department store brand blender worth a fifth of that. So, yeah.
I can’t stress enough the importance of having a well-blended gnocchi batter. Since our blender couldn’t cream the cooked ramen noodles as well as Chang’s blender could, we ended up with lumpy ramen gnocchi goo that we had to soften with so much milk. To make the long story short, it wasn’t the best batch of ramen gnocchi, bearing very little resemblance to Chang’s flawless version.
Despite our failed attempt at being David Changs, we were still able to create a passable plate of Ramen Gnocchi. It was pretty good, in a buttery, cheesy, mushroomy kind of way. Everyone knows that cheese and butter, when slapped together, are always delicious. And come on, who doesn’t love Cheez Whiz?
If you want the original recipe to David Chang’s Ramen Gnocchi recipe, click here. But if you want the Pepper.ph version, scroll down. We secretly hope that you do the latter.