There are 28 different kinds of dumplings on O! Momo’s menu. Some are crunchy like Australian-Thai-style money bags but are smothered in a butter-chicken gravy. Others bob like buoys in a sea of tomato and chicken broth. Another type is silky, slightly translucent and tossed with yoghurt and tamarind, chaat-style.
This is all ordinary in Nepal. There, dumplings, known locally as momos, are as common as they are varied. Founded by Shiddhanta “Bunny” Rajbhandari and Devendra Parajuli, much of O! Momo’s menu is dedicated to the many varieties of momos, but also offers plates of fried noodles, fried rice, thali (Indian platter) and a few Nepalese specialities including gundruk bhatmas, which is fermented mustard leaves (chewy like tofu skins, but with a more astringent taste), crunchy black beans, onion and fresh tomato.
Additionally, the back page of O! Momo’s menu is completely vegan. Everything you can find in the front pages, whether it’s deep-fried momos, thali, butter chicken or biryani, has a vegan alternative. If it’s just momos you want, O! Momo also sells them frozen to take home.