Foodie Travel Kathmandu Nepal

The Beauty of a Buffalo Momo

The food in Nepal was really great. I only wish I had tried more new things, but I blame that on the momos.

Momos, or dumplings, were something I had really been looking forward to. Sean and I are dumpling-obsessed, after falling in love with Adelaide’s Chinatown offerings of fried pork dumplings.

In China, we scoffed countless steamed dumplings into our mouths, and when we arrived in Kathmandu, we were ready for more. I was excited to try the buffalo momos, as I had very fond memories of an amazing buffalo burger I once had in Laos.

The momos in Kathmandu greatly surpassed our expectations.

On our first day in Kathmandu, we found ourselves a nice rooftop restaurant, called Elite. We pulled up a chair next on the balcony, ordered a local beer and a plate of fried buffalo momos.

elite restaurant kathmandu menu buffalo momo

A portion of momos cost 85c (€) or $1.12 (US) or $1.20 (AU)!

When the plate arrived, the momos looked to die for. Seriously.

buffalo momos nepal thetraveloguers

Crispy and golden on the outside, a deliciously loud crunchy bite sent a cloud of steam out and revealed a delightful ball of light and spicy buffalo mince, nestled inside its golden shell. The meat provided a kick of spice, and a rich looking bowl of sauce on the plate added a fiery punch to our mouths.

It was delicious. Really, really, really delicious and amazing. The sauce was as good as the momos themselves.

They were so amazing that I had to stop and try to capture their golden goodness. Some people take photos of the unforgettable sights when they travel, I like to make a show of myself taking pictures of my plate.

momo paparazzi the traveloguer

I don’t like beer, but found that the local beer, Gorkha, went wonderfully with the buffalo momos. So did the Everest beer we had later. It was almost like the Nepalese brew their beers with momos in mind! They were a match made in heaven.


We were hooked. Totally and utterly hooked.

buffalo fried momo from kathmandu


We were also regretting going splits on one portion, but we immediately planned to get more for dinner.


Have you ever tried momos? Or any kind of dumpling?



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    Meredith Wouters
    August 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I’m hooked on dumplings too, and these look amazing. My mouth is watering at that last photo of the one on the fork. I’m dying that I can’t try it. Wish you had a recipe!
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      August 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      I know the feeling Meredith, I would do anything for a momo now! I would love the recipe, but it might be hard to find buffalo meat in Ireland! πŸ™‚
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    August 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I first experienced momos in Tibet and like you fell head over heels in love with them. A guy I was traveling with, and me, sat down at a small restaurant once and ate 3 dozen of them…just that good.
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      August 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      I’m jealous that you ate so many at once Tim, that was the smart thing to do. Next time I visit Kathmandu I’ll do the same I think! πŸ™‚
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    August 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve not tried dumplings many times at all, but know I would probably love them. I love to take pictures of my food as well.
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    Beth Niebuhr
    August 20, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I like dumplings. The first time was in NYC and we had to guess what we wanted since there was no menu and no English spoken. Everything was fabulous. I hadn’t heard of momos but I certainly would like to try them.
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    Ken Dowell
    August 21, 2014 at 1:42 am

    I’ve never even heard of momos, no less tried one. But they look awesome. Wouldn’t mind trying the beer either.
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    Valerie Remy-Milora
    August 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

    oh what a tantalizing post Christine! I’ve never had momos but I am dying to try them after salivating through this entire read… I suspect I would enjoy momos very much.
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    August 22, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Man, those are some yummy looking things you’ve got there. I’ve come to love dumplings. I didn’t realize that was a big thing in Nepal. We have a Nepalese restaurant in a city nearby but they mostly stick to Indian-style food. Got to go there. That’s for sure. Thanks for sharing.
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      August 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Carl. I love them too, I haven’t had any in a while though, I’ll have to do something about that! πŸ™‚
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    Deidre M. Simpson
    August 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I’m a fan of Vietnamese bun bao. They’re wonderful, and I never know what the filling will be. The color of your momos reminded me of turmeric, which makes everything a lovely, golden shade. I’d love to try them!

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      August 24, 2014 at 11:53 am

      I’ve never tried those Deidre, they sound great. The momos do look the same colour of tumeric, maybe they used it in their recipe. Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚
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    August 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Oh, they look amazing! I’m not a fan of steamed dumplings (the pastry is a bit slimy for my liking!) but fried and crispy? Mail me some if you go back, please!
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    Ken Dowell
    October 31, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    The picture on the home page looks like a burger and fried. What is it? And the dumplings look better than any I’ve ever had.
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      November 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Ken, it’s a veggie burger from Nepal, it’s from the latest post ‘Foodie Delights in Nepal’ The dumplings are the best I’ve had! πŸ™‚

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