It’s funny, a lot of my friends got the Momofuku cookbook and the first thing they tried to make was the ridiculously complicated Ramen recipe.
To me, though, the first thing that stood out was the Bo Ssäm.
All you do is order a pork shoulder from your favorite butcher, say Avedano’s Holly Park Market. Make a sugar and salt rub for a pork shoulder.
Let it sit in your fridge for a day or two. I will warn you, the smell of the semi cured pork shoulder will draw neighborhood dogs. Ignore their pleading eyes and throw it in the oven at 300F.
Get the rest of your dinner in order, like a Plum Frangiapani tart from Mission Pie.
Baste the roasts every hour. Really, who needs air fresheners when you can slow roast a pork shoulder?
And something like 6 hours later, you have a delicious dinner. This was about half way.
Discussing exactly how much longer for the roast. Seemed pretty tender to the fork.
Have some friends over who know how to shuck oysters.
Get set up…
Have them teach you how to shuck.
Though you have to be careful not to stab yourself.
Get rolling on the shucking…
Have some friends over who make beer. My favorite comment of the evening: “You have no idea how hot it is watching my Jewish wife learn to shuck oysters.”
Heck, it never hurts to have a scientist around to remind you about the potential dangers of eating raw shellfish…
Unfortunately, after this things got a little greasy and somehow none of the rest of the photos turned out. Suffice it to say, a good time was had by all.