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.
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.
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.
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.
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?