Originating from Tibet, a momo is a steamed dumpling that’s popular in Tibetan, Nepalese and some regional Indian cuisine. Asia is home to many types of dumplings – we’re looking at you xiao long bao and Japanese gyozas – but what makes momos different? The diversity in fillings and accompanying sauces certainly help. Typically, it’s lamb, chicken or vegetables inside the momos, while its dip can range from traditional chutney to something hot n’ spicy. Here are the best places in Hong Kong to get your momo fix.
* Note: Some restaurant opening hours may not be up-to-date during Covid restrictions. Please check with the restaurant if any confusion.
Hidden away in Sai Ying Pun, this momo joint specializes in its two namesake features. The juicy, thick dumplings will keep you satisfied for ages, but don’t forget to try some of the other dishes at this Nepalese restaurant.
Kenbo Commercial Building, Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2555-0355. Open every day, 11:30am to 3:00pm.
With two locations in Hong Kong, Momoz is your one-stop shop for the popular dish in different flavors. Think: Katsu fried chicken momo, a European style Swiss Italian cheese momo or closer to home, a char siu momo. Recipes are taken straight from street vendors but updated with a modern twist.
6 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2898-3129. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Shop No 3 Lee Wai Commercial Building 1&3, Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3752-2670. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Inspired by a Hindu temple in the Himalayas, Manakamana Nepali Restaurant serves delicious curries at affordable prices. It’s small inside but cozy, which is all part of the experience. At lunchtime, it gets busy so remember to order the best dishes and come early!
107 Temple Street, Jordan, 2385-8293. Open every day, from 12:00pm.
If you’re craving momos, but also some other good stuff, Lot Restaurant & Bar is an international and multi-functional venue. The menu includes Western and Asian food, including its scrumptious Nepalese dumplings. At night (pre-lockdown), this place lights up as a bar and lounge that’s popular for drinking.
Shop 4, G/F, 58 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2619-1181.
The dumplings are cheap at Momo Moment, which offers flavors from steamed chicken to pan-fried vegetable momos. The chatpati side involves Nepalese-style salsa topped with crunchy noodle. PS the paneer cheese ball is also delightful.
Forbes Street No.34, Kennedy Town, 9846-6569. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 12:00pm.
This Nepalese fusion spot in Jordan is an upbeat space for momo lovers. Created by three brothers, it aims to serve and entertain guests with a mix of traditional and innovative dishes. Plus, the trendy jungle theme makes for a cool night out on the town.
Shop No.3, G/F, 273-275 Temple Street, Po Fat Building, Yau Ma Tei, 2602 3636. Open every day from 12:00pm.
Sai Kung’s 2084 is a 100% plant-based restaurant for the Hong Kong crowd. The spicy momos are a must-order – along with the “Peking duck” tacos which use mushrooms in lieu of meat.
5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 6420-8456.
Get momos on-the-go with Momo Rush, an online delivery service. You can order your favorite Nepalese dumplings DMing them via Instagram.
DM on Instagram to order. Open Monday to Saturday.