A snack or dish that is loved and devoured with equal gusto across the Himalayas – Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India is none other than your humble Momo (chances are, you may have had it or are planning to have a plateful today ( if you are in any of the aforementioned places, hills and mountains especially !!)!). This small dumpling made from steamed minced meat/vegetables or other filling of your choice wrapped in wrappers made from flour dough is the undisputed Himalayan comfort food. Find this hard to digest?! Then read this article in CNNGO“Momo Madness: Your all-purpose guide to the versatile Himalayan Dumpling”. Though one may disagree with the listed local eateries in Kathmandu serving the ‘best momos’ , the article does highlight the popularity of the humble dumpling in the high Himalayan mountains.
If you really want to immerse yourself in the culture of a country you are visiting, you got to follow the locals – do what they do, eat what they eat and drink what they drink. The saying ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do,’ holds true if you really want to experience the country inside out.
Kathmandu, a tourist haven has lots of restaurants, pubs and hotels of international class that caters to all kinds of tourists. But the fare that is dished out at these establishments is nothing that a commoner has on his plate. BBC’s travel writer Thomas Bell found out what works for the local taste buds by visiting Kathmandu’s local eateries, from the fiery ‘aila’ to buffalo meat snacks, he tries it all. Read about it on ‘Nepal’s local eateries‘.
A Newari Khaja Ghar (local snack bar) in Patan (Pic : Explore Himalaya)