If your first question upon reading this headline is “What’s a momo?” you’re probably not alone. While most people are familiar with dumplings from China and Japan, many don’t know they’re also a big deal in Nepal, Tibet and India, where they’re called momos.
You’ll be able to taste more than 30 varieties in April when Sydney hosts its inaugural Momo Fest. Expect dumplings made with chicken, beef, lamb, pork, goat and seafood, as well as vegan and vegetarian varieties. The festival is hugely popular in Melbourne, where it’s been held annually since 2017 and garners thousands of visitors.
Details on the location and stallholders are yet to be announced, but organisers say there’ll be live music, DJs, multicultural performances, roving performers, kids’ entertainment, workshops and momo competitions.
If you want to do some momo research before the festival, there are a handful of places in Sydney selling the delicacies, including Manly’s Momo Bar and Randwick’s O Momo. The momos you get in Sydney are generally filled with meat and vegetables, but the fillings get pretty wild at O Momo, in keeping with Nepalese trends. “You get crazy momos now,” owner Shiddhanta “Bunny” Rajbhandari told Broadsheet. “Even pizza momos, baked and topped with cheese. Chocolate momos and banana momos.”
Momo Fest Sydney 2020 is on Saturday, April 18 from 12pm to 10pm.