David Chang is likely the number one chef-people-have-heard-of that doesn't have a T.V. show. (Probably used to be Eric Ripert, but now he travels and goes fishing and stuff on PBS) Chang's series of East Village and (now) elsewhere Momofuku series of restaurants are as notorious for their reconceptualizing of fine dining as for a series of breakthrough dishes - those infamous pork buns, akaline noodles swimming in bacon dashi, oysters with kimchi puree, and perhaps the most amazing dessert that everyone knows about but only the Momofuku geniuses thought to make - cereal milk.
Chang's pastry chef, Christina Tosi, just released her new cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar, and paid a visit to Conan O'Brian earlier this week, showing the host how to make Lucky Charms infused milk, and then turned it into a Cereal Milk White Russian Milkshake.
Yep, you read that right.
When I first saw this recipe on @Leethal's tweet, I was a bit shocked, thinking "you can leave milk out for three weeks, mixed with bacteria and yeast-loving sugar, and still drink it?" I mean, I've made some overnight cultured creams and yogurts, but this seemed wild.
And then I thought about it a bit more, and realized that the vodka, even in equal parts to the nutrient rich, germ happy milk and sugar, must be bacteriostatic enough to prevent anything from growing in there. (You like that? Bacteriostatic? See?! I paid attention in high school.)
You know those moments when you just look at an object, and you think, "oh my gosh! That totally looks like a _________." It could be something you've never seen before, the form of which immediately stands out to you. Or, it could be something you've seen and used all your life.
Lindsey had one of those moments with a standard one-gallon milk carton. The realization? Stormtrooper helmet. Of course!