Last night the wife and I finally had the excuse to go to House of Tibet Kitchen. It's a small operation on Holland St. (Teele Square) in Somerville, a short walk from Davis Square. (For those not familar, Tibetan food is an amalgam of Indian and Chinese techniques but with a liberal use of ingredients like butter, curds, barley, and mutton. Dishes are generally mildly spiced but often accompanied by a chile relish.)
We ordered a light dinner. My wife opted for an appetizer of vegetarian steamed momo's (stuffed dumplings) and a bowl of the night's special soup -- chicken, rice, ginger, and coriander. She got four huge momos, stuffed with spiced potatoes and spinach served with a side of hot sauce -- bright red fresh chiles ground to a paste and seasoned with a light vinegar, ginger and spices. The filling had a rich buttery taste that worked well with the . The soup was thick and warming, seasoned but not spicy, a good counterpoint to the momos. It was polished off with a drink of hot spiced cider and cottage cheese (yes, really).
I had a dry curried potato dish cooked with onions, ginger and coriander. It came with steamed bread and a salad of bean sprouts, carrots and cabbage. The dish was good and better when livened up with the hot sauce (stolen from the momos). The salad was excellent.
The whole meal came to $20 (including tip). The menu had substantial vegetarian and meat offerings (heavy on momos) and several soups that sounded perfect for cold weather. Desserts were minimal. Other drinks included sweet tea and the traditional salted buttered tea (unavailable that night). No alcohol.
All in all an excellent meal for the value.
David "Zeb" Cook
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