Momos - A Homage to Nepal’s Beloved Dumpling
Momos are a delicious type of South Asian dumpling and a favorite in Nepal. They are essentially mini dumplings that are mainly stuffed with cabbage, onions, and ginger but can also be filled with potatoes and other vegetables. They are usually served steamed or fried accompanied with a sambal or chutney. Other ways momos can be prepared are in a spicy chili sauce or in a momo soup with noodles and assorted vegetables. Not only a specialty in Nepal, momos are widely enjoyed in Bhutan, parts of Northern India, and Tibet where they are believed to have originated from.
Momo Making - A Family Affair
Most restaurants in Nepal are family run and for many of these families it’s a part of the morning ritual to prepare the days supply of momos together. Sometimes that means making several hundreds of them before guests start showing up. If you wake up early enough you might even get the chance to witness the family gathering to make momos. The process runs efficiently and each person has their own station and specific tasks. One will be preparing the dough, another will be chopping and mixing all the vegetables while an older and more experienced family member will be folding the momos and finishing the process.
We loved momos so much that we ate them on a daily basis throughout our travels in Nepal. In fact, we often ended up eating them several times a day and at around $1.20-$1.50 per plate this was quite the tasty bargain. Most restaurants in Nepal serve 10 pieces per dish which is enough for the majority of people, however we always ordered at least 20 each (aka Vegans with Appetites).
Momos are truly a classic Nepalese specialty that is loved by both locals and visitors alike and should not be missed. You’ll find them on street corners throughout Kathmandu all the way to the tea houses en route to Mt. Everest Base Camp.