Momo: Stripped to Perfection

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Simple but utterly delicious. Momos have been said to be holding a place of honor in the Nepalese as well as Tibetan cuisine. They may look like an ordinary dumpling to a tourist eye but once tried and tasted, there can never be a better dumpling ever again.

A traditional delicacy in Nepal, Tibet and other Southern Asian countries, momos are an outright unique and delicious contribution to the world dumpling culture. They can be served in a variety of ways – fried or steamed while others prefer to cook it with soup. The ingredients can also vary per preference. You can make momos from beef, yak meat, vegetables (for our vegetarian friends) and even chocolate or cheese for some western vacationers. Regardless of these variations, one thing stays the same; every momo-maker tries to make the juiciest, most delicious filling that is stripped to perfection.

The Dough
Before anything else, always start with making the dough regardless of whether it’s a vegetarian, beef or cheese momo. The measurement for flour and water usually depends on the number of people you are serving. If you like to make momos for a small group of five, gradually mix 3 cups of flour with a ¾ cup of water with your hand. You really don’t need to be very exact with these measurements as long as you get a smooth ball of dough after. Knead the dough with your hands and once flexible, place it in a container with the lid on so that it will not dry out. Set it aside so you can prepare for the filling.

VEGETARIAN MOMO
Ingredients
2-3 cups of flour
¾ cup of water
2 onions
2 thumb-size fresh ginger
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 pound of cabbage
1 pound of tofu
1 quarter pound of dried brown mushrooms
2 tablespoons of soysauce
One teaspoon of bouillon (chicken, beef or vegetable)

Vegetable Filling
Finely chop all the remaining ingredients (onions, ginger, garlic, cabbage, tofu, mushrooms) into very small pieces. Place them in a pot or bowl and mix them together. Add the soy sauce and bouillon into the mixture and make sure that they are evenly distributed.

MEAT MOMO.
Ingredients
2-3 cups of flour
¾ cup of water
2 onions
2 thumb-size fresh ginger
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 pound of cabbage
1 pound ground beef or yak meat
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
One teaspoon of bouillon (chicken, beef or vegetable)

Meat Filling
Chop the following ingredients: onions, ginger, garlic, cabbage into very fine pieces. Place them in a pot or bowl and mix them together with the meat (beef or yak). It is better to use your hands in mixing when making the meat mixture in order to disperse all the ingredients evenly into it. Then add the soy sauce and bouillon into the mixture.

The Dumpling (Momo)
Once your filling is ready, you can now get the dough you set aside earlier. Place it on a wide chopping board and use a roller pin to roll it out thinly. Once you get the desired thickness (thinness, actually), take out a medium-sized drinking glass or a small cup. While turning it upside down, use the glass to cut circles on the dough 6-10 cm across or about the size of your palm. If you are right-handed, place one circular dough in your left hand and add a dollop of mixture in the center of it. Begin pinching the sides of the dough little by little towards the top center. Make sure to close the hole in the center when you’re done so that the juice won’t leak out.

Cooking

Steam
First of all, oil the steamer surface lightly where you are going to put the momos. Then bring the water to a boil before putting them in there one by one. Make sure to put as many momos without touching each other. Steam for about 10-15 minutes.

Fried
Fried momos are usually steamed first before frying, although there are some who prefer directly deep- frying them. As much as possible use a non-stick pan every time.

Momos are best served hot with a dipping sauce. Most dipping sauce use tomatoes as a base ingredient while other native Tibetans and Nepalese use soy sauce or hot lime relish sauce.

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