Hailing from Nepal, this steamed dumpling is a staple in Nepalese dining. Similar to Japanese gyoza or Korean Mandu, the momo comes served with a spiced dipping sauce and has clear influences from neighbouring countries China, India, Tibet.
Lobster momos (as served at Cinnamon Kitchen) aren’t quite as authentic as the ones you eat across India and Nepal, but that really doesn’t matter. The lobster within is delicately seasoned with coriander and chilli. The dumpling casing is thin and silky, and the Indian spiced sauce, in which the momo’s float, is rich and indulgent. These are momos on a different, far more refined, level. À la Cinnamon Kitchen, of course.
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A supper club that only shows it’s head once a month, Rajiv’s Kitchen, serves diners traditional Nepalese street food. The handmade momo’s are decorative and delicious, and are some of the most authentic in London. Rajiv’s Pork Momo’s are a concoction of delicate dumpling pastry, filled with minced pork seasoned with ginger, garlic, onions, butter and chilli powder. Served alongside a fiery spiced tomato and sesame sauce, these momos are good enough to rival the real deal from the streets of Kathmandu.
This cheap and cheerful Nepalese and Indian eatery in Blackheath serves up well-sourced, freshly made cuisine. Despite a slightly bland interior, the food is good, and the momos are even better. Delicate and stuffed with succulent steamed lamb, they come served with a sweet tomato chutney to dip the dumplings in. Delicious.