Food from Nepal: Fried momos

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ February 21st, 2013. Updated on March 10th, 2013. Published in: Travel blog » Food around the world » Nepali food.
A typical plate of fried momos from Nepal

A typical plate of fried momos from Nepal

Crunchy fried momos from Nepal

Yes momos come in a delicious fried version too! You might remember I wrote previously wrote about the tourist version of momos. The momos above are exactly the same except after they’ve been steamed they’ve been finished off with a quick fry. Is there a difference? Which is better? Let’s find out!

What’s a momo recap

Momos are one of Nepal’s national dishes. They are basically little dumplings but quite different to the ones you’ll find in India, Tibet, China and the rest of the world. The Nepalese momo is unique in many regards.

Steamed momos from Nepal

Remember these? Old style steamed momos

Momos in Nepal are made from a very light pastry and then filled with a savory mixture. The filling defines the momo along with its cooking method. Common momo fillings include chicken, buff, vegetable and cheese. They are served with a little bowl of masala curry dip that you can see in the center.

I’ll be covering the main types of momo throughout this series of food in Nepal. from Tourist momo’s to local momo’s and more.

Which is better: steamed momo or fried momo?

That’s hard depending on what you like. I personally try to stay away from fried foods as much as possible and have liking to steamed things anyway. So my vote goes to the traditional steamed momo.

However I’ve met many tourists who adore fried momos! They are crunchy and the perfect bite sized portions make for a great meal or snack.

Certainly if you are visiting Nepal give both versions a try!

This is an additional article featuring Nepalese food

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17 Great responses to Food from Nepal: Fried momos

  1. Aggy says:

    Looks delicious and that dip looks very tempting, will definitely put this on my list when I go to Nepal

  2. Jan says:

    Yeeeea more momos!! Love them, thank you. Can we get mail order from Nepal ;)

  3. Edwin says:

    look exzactly the same as chinese dumpling except the curry ..

  4. Anna's World says:

    I bet they are super crunchy!

  5. MindanaoBob says:

    Looks great! Now I’m hungry!

  6. Emma says:

    Wish we had some now!

  7. Mandy says:

    Momo! Sounds like a nice name to give to a pet dog or cat, LOL!! I bet you just can’t get momos anywhere else except in Nepal, right? Even in Malaysia we can find many Nepalese but none of them sell it. Well, they are here mostly to become security guards :)

    • The Chinese and Tibetans say they have momos too. Truth is they don’t tastes as good :) There are even momo type dumplings in The Philippines call Siomai.

      Momo’s are really hard to make, so maybe that’s why it’s hard to get them in Malaysia. Lot’s of mixing, dough making and then steaming or frying or both :)

  8. Lance says:

    Oh man! I have to say, I’m partial to the steamed momos. I lived in Nepal for a year during college and I think fondly about those days. Now, back in the USA, I have struggled to find a Nepalese or Tibetan restaurant that serves them! :(

  9. I thought fried momos exist only in North India but its interesting to see in Nepal as well. Fried momos tastes lot like spring rolls but I would say steamed momos are much better.