15 Mmmm...Momos

Thursday, August 12, 2010

We adore dumplings in our family.  I think every culture has their own version.  The Chinese/Japanese gyoza (potstickers), pierogi hailing from Poland, and now...momos, a culinary gift of Tibet!  We decided to stop in a new Asian restaurant by us called Shangrila Bistro, and found that they serve both Chinese and Tibetan dishes.  We ordered pan fried potstickers for E, but the owner quickly pointed us to the off-menu Tibetan momo dumpling.  I was really excited to hear this, because by pure coincidence a day or two before, a frequent Bentobloggy commenter, Slushy,  had asked me if I'd tried them before (I hadn't even heard of them.)  We sent back an order for two momos, and anxiously awaited the result, having no idea what they were even made with.

We received a piping hot plate of these gorgeous shrimp-stuffed dumplings.  Just look at the lacy top!  It was pretty magnificent.


The sauce that accompanied it was to die for.  I couldn't place all the flavors, but it was different than any I'd tried before.  Definitely soy sauce, maybe peanut oil, some sesame oil, cilantro, and probably fish sauce.  Very, very good.


E absolutely loved them.


They hand-make all of them in the restaurant, which is essential in my book.  The restaurant owner explained that they hire experienced chefs from all over, from New York to San Francisco to work in their restaurants, people with the proper training.  I'm no expert in Tibetan cuisine, but I'd say they did a pretty good job!  Fresh shrimp and chopped green onions...so good.


So, great meal, and E got to experience yet another world cuisine, practice her chopsticks skills and be complimented by the owner for eating such a diverse offering.  We shall return.

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15 comments:

Angeleyes said...

Oh wow! I've never seen any dumplings done that way before! Love the 'UFO' net thing that covered the dumplings! very unique indeed!

Display Name said...

They look great! I wish I had a 3D computer!

Keda said...

that does look delicious!

slushygirl said...

Emily, those are some gorgeous momos! I wish I lived near a Tibetan restaurant. I guess I should just make my own. And thanks so much for the props/link! On another note, I have some vintage Tupperware Benoto type containers. Ever seen those? They come with little wrap around handles. Happy day!
Slushy

Ava said...

Wow. That looked delicious!!!!

tamyca said...

ciao! bè da noi gli gnocchi hanno tutto un altro aspetto...ma anche questi sembrano deliziosi...che cuoca!
cioa tamy

The Austin Betty said...

I've never seen dumplings presented that way before! Certainly looks delicious :)

ET said...

I'm hungry now.Ugh....

Luna said...

Yummi!

Carol Schiffer said...

Hey!I´m new here.. love your blog...that´s sounds delicious..HMMM I´m hungry now.hahah

Xenox said...

Yummy!

Henna @ AboutCabinets Blog said...

yummy treats, coming to your blog has become a delight as there is something new and great whenever i come here, great job you are doing

Aida's diary said...

wow very good recipes.i remember the food i eat in japan.

Zeke said...

The green stuff looks disguisting! I hope it was good anyway.

noktour said...

I have some vintage Tupperware Benoto type containers.

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