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CH Meetup Report on Momo's Nepalese in Springfield


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CH Meetup Report on Momo's Nepalese in Springfield

luckyfatima | | Mar 29, 2014 07:02 PM

This evening seven chowhounds met for a meal at Momo's.

They have a standard generic North Indian restaurant (Punjabi) type menu, plus a small offering of Nepalese dishes, including three varieties of momos. We tried all of the Nepalese dishes, plus a goat curry from the Indian menu.

The goat curry was quite good. It had a dark onion-tomato gravy.

From the Nepalese selection we had:

Lamb choila, which was small lamb cubes cooked in a dry tomato onion preparation. It was pretty good.

Taash: dry masala lamb cubes. This was really delicious as the cubes were very tender and had a lot of flavor.

Both of these dishes were served with a portion of beaten rice (chiura) and a fried spiced soy nut preparation (bhatmaas ko achaar). The soy nuts were very hard, but were seasoned well. This is meant to be a side accompaniment to the food. The chiura is just plain beaten rice flakes and I think it was a bit too exotic for everyone to have this with our food, as we were used to chiura prepared in other ways or used to these sorts of dishes served with flat bread or steamed rice. This is not a photo of our meal, but I found this on Instagram to show what the fried soy nuts and chiura/beaten rice look like:

Momos: dumplings. We ordered steamed chicken, steamed vegetable, and fried chicken momos. Each order contained quite a lot of momos. (I forgot to count, but maybe 10 pieces?), plus a chile-tomato achaar and a sesame achaar (dipping sauces). The momos were really, really good. If you are a momo fan, you will like this place. The wrappers are made onsite, and the momos are steamed fresh to order. Nothing beats a piping hot freshly steamed momo. I liked the steamed chicken momo the best out of the three types we tried. It comes filled with tender, juicy chicken stuffing...if they aren't fresh then the wrapper absorbs the juices so you lose out. These were everything that a momo should be.

We also tried the chicken fried rice and chowmein. These are popular dishes in Nepal, and were made in that style. The noodles were pretty decent, especially if you like Indian-Chinese style chowmein, but there was nothing interesting about the fried rice.

I would go back just for the momos if ever I were in the mood. Again, cheers to Steve for arranging the meetup.