By Daphne Domingo
Famed chef and son of Virginia David Chang is coming home! Well, at least one version of his culinary delights will be. DMV residents will no longer have to train, drive, fly or bus it up to New York City in order to enjoy some of the famed Momofuku yummy goodness as a new outpost opens in the new CityCenterDC complex in the center of downtown.
Chef Chang gave vague and somewhat opposing answers in an interview with Todd Kliman for Washingtonian’s Best Bites blog, about what this newest venture of the franchise will include and not include. At the very least, Chang confirmed there would be the famous pork buns, and offered hints that it would be a rather casual and accessible establishment. It will also be huge. The 4500 square foot facility will be larger than his Toronto and Sidney outposts.
And for sweets lovers, Chang tweeted that he was not coming home alone. In fact, Springfield, Virginia native and award-winning pastry chef, Christina Tosi would also be launching Momofuku’s Milk Bar. “Softserve and cookies for all,” he declared.
David Chang, one of the most famous Asian American celebrity chefs, was born in Vienna, Virginia and grew up around the Northern Virginia area. He attended Georgetown Preparatory School near Bethesda, MD and then moved out of the area to attend college in Connecticut. After working a variety of positions between New York and Japan, Chang opened Momofuku
Noodle Bar in 2004 in New York’s East Village. Since then, he opened a variety of “Momofuku” offshoots around New York, including Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Milk Bar and Má Pêche.
In 2010, Chang started expanding the Momofuku brand internationally to Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada. The new project in Washington, DC symbolizes his return home, not only to the United States, but to his hometown, as well.
Chang is not only known for his Michelin star ratings for pan-Asian cuisine, but his offbeat foul-mouthed personality, best-selling food journals, a documentary series on PBS in collaboration with Anthony Bourdain, and other television appearances including Top Chef and Treme.