MELBOURNE | Dumplings. They’re one of the most ubiquitous aspects of cuisine around the world. A few years ago I wrote an article on the topic, and through my research identified about 65 distinct types across continents and cultures. And I know there’s more.
It’s pretty easy to see why dumplings are so common. They’re cheap, simple, and delicious. All you need is dough and filling and you’re good to go.
Momos are what you’ll find when you’ve got a craving for dumplings in Nepal. I was recently contacted, and gifted some momos, by Tika Maya Rai, who put her sake distributorship business on hold during COVID-19 lock down and launched Momo Shop.
Momo Shop offers two types of momo – pork and vege, inspired by Tkia’s mother’s home cooking. Regionally, the momos are of the kind you find in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. You can steam them and enjoy them straight away, or steam and pan fry them, like gyōza.
My favourite is the pork one, pan fried and steamed. It’s filled with local free range ground pork, red onion, ginger, and coriander. Topped with Tika’s fiery tomato and Dalle chilli Timur Achar (kind of like a chutney), they’re a real treat.
Tika is delivering across quite a few suburbs in Melbourne. You can order on Momo Shop’s website, and all first time orders get 10% off.
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