Momos in San Francisco?


(Gary Soup) #1

I love momos, and I’ve long envied Queens NY’s “Himalaya Heights” neighborhood and Jeff Orlick’s annual Momo Crawl which last year hit 27 establishments, nearly all of them within walking distance of a single stop on the #7 Metro line.

San Francisco has a long way to go, but we have more places to scarf down some momos than you may know. At last count (the last thanks to @Mr_Happy’s report today) I have 10 on my list:

Cuisine of Nepal
Gorkha Kitchen
Newa
Little Nepal
Bini’s Kitchen
Red Chili
Royal Indian Cuisine on Fillmore
Urban Curry
Chullo Nepali Cuisine
Himalayan Pizza and Momos

Are there any more out there to add? (San Francisco only, please. I’m thinking of our own charter tour/crawl).


#2

Cool! I had no idea there were so many in SF. Do you plan to stick to a benchmark variety or sample different filling types?

I’ve noticed that some places make them pleated at the top, like XLB, and other places pleat them sideways, or tael-shaped like potstickers or boiled dumplings. Any story behind those differences, or between Nepali momos and Tibetan momos?


(Gary Soup) #3

There are also round ones, like Mongolian Buuz.

I don’r think there is any particular logic to regional differences other than availability of ingredients.

This was the first place I had momos so called (Jackson Heights NY). Theytnbmomo had two choices: chicken or beef. :slight_smile:


#4

Little Nepal, and a former chefs new restaurant Cuisine of Nepal aren’t round. Cafe Tibet in Berkeley makes some types round others not


(Gary Soup) #5

Bini (she’s Nepalese) makes round ones. I had round ones at a Nepalese place in New York (Lali Guras) as well. Chez Gatze (great name!), a Tibetan place in Montreal, serves a mixed momo platter which includes a round one as big as a Cantonese pork bun.


#6

What is that golden thing in the last picture in the below link? If that’s a momo, why is it golden? And that’s surely bigger than a pork bun.


#7

Ah. Did some more searching. Apparently that’s the golden momo trophy for the best momo.


(Gary Soup) #8

Yep.


#9

Spice of America just opened in SoMa and has a chicken Momo on the menu.


(Gary Soup) #10

Thanks. I’ll add it to my list. They bill themselves as Indian and Nepalese, and the momos are crescent shaped, based on Yelp pics.


#11

There may be even more, if you believe this search result from Yelp:


(Gary Soup) #12

You are right. I’ve added Tara Indian Cuisine, Om Indian Cuisine and Indian Palace. There were some false flags in the Yelp search as well.

I was focused on Himalayan venues, but,as Wikipedia puts it, “Till mid 2000s, momo was only limited among Nepali and Tibetan diaspora in India. However, by 2017, it has spread as one of the popular fast food in the Indian mega-cities.”

Here’s the current list of restaurants in SF apparently serving momos.

Cuisine of Nepal
Gorkha Kitchen
Newa
Little Nepal
Bini’s Kitchen
Red Chili
Royal Indian Cuisine on Fillmore
Urban Curry
Chullo Nepali Cuisine
Himalayan Pizza and Momos
Spice of America
Tara Indian Cuisine
Om Indian Cuisine
Indian Palace


#13

I’m pretty sure all the ones I’ve had are made in house, but Given their popularity, I wonder if a few non-Nepali restaurants may have a common supplier.


(Gary Soup) #14

More momos coming from Dancing Yak in the old Babu Ji space!