Fresh from New York City, Chang is currently expanding his world famous noodle shops in key locations, Lucky for Sydney then that this explansion coincided with the $860 million redevelopment of the Star City Casino, which has just undergone a $860 million redevelopment comes complete with Chang's Momofuku Seiōbo.
Chang's Momofuku Seiōbo is now headed up by Ben Greeno, who recently came from Noma in Copenhagen. This week Habitus talks to Greeno about sourcing local sustainable and responsible food from farmers about how the opportunity to re-create Chang's signature Korean-American flavours down under came about.
How long have you been in Sydney? Since July 2011.
Did you do time at any of Chang's restaurants in New York?
Yes, I work at all the Momofukus before I came to Australia, with the longest stint at Ko.
How did you first come into contact with Momofuku?
I met Dave at Noma a few years back and we kept in touch after that. I even staged at Ko. Then we met again in 2010 when he was in town for Identità London. We were talking about life and girlfriends. I told him my girlfriend (who's Australian) and I were both looking to move to Australia. He said he had a job for me. A year later, here I am.
Are there any special areas of cooking that are really inspiring you at the moment?
The Australian seafood and produce has been amazing to work with. That's where we get our inspiration right now.
What have the reactions to the food been like from critics and punters?
We've been lucky in that the response has been positive. But we can always be better.
How is Sydney's China town holding up as far as servicing your food?
It's amazing. We get a lot of our dry goods from Chinatown, like sausage, dry scallops
Where do you eat when you want to kick back and relax with friends?Duke Bistro and Ms. G's
80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
(02) 9777 9000abc