-By Salmoli Mukerji
Amidst the buzz of mundane, hectic activities at the cacophonous Lords Bakery junction, has cropped up this narrow, dainty slice of hill culture. Momo I am, is the labour of love by Reevu Wangdi, a native of Darjeeling. Bengalis’ love for Tibetan momos is the inspiration for this outlet. As we reach there on grapevine recommendations on a Saturday evening, we gather how true it is.
Right from the narrow street, into an enclosure screaming Vodafone-red, wall graffiti & prayer flags on walls, so much characterized by the hill-style, all we miss are the drooping rhododendrons. Music wafts out from a tiny inner space of black walls and scattered furniture and half visible kitchen. Reevu tells us that they are expanding space as we go to Press. Square black tables and stub stools create an ambience; what actually identifies it as The momo haunt is the smart flock of men and women, all from the hills displaying their tattoos, funky hairstyles, flashy bikes and bohemian attitude. However, to avoid the free mosquito bites or enjoy airconditioned pleasure, just order takeaway.
Two words spring to mind when we first see the menu – gung-ho! The bubbly, youthful enthusiasm of the owner is reflected in the fusion of ingredients and reassure us, of the innovation, freshness and minimal calories (menu mentions “low cholesterol heart-smart oil”). We share Steamed Pork Momo (Rs.55), Pork Bun Momo (Rs.110), Crispy Chicken Marinated in Five Spices (Rs.120) and Salt & Pepper Prawns (Rs.150). Followed by Chicken Thukpa (Rs.110), Mixed Flat Noodles with Black Fungus (Rs.140), Cantonese Pork Sausage Fried Rice (Rs.120) and wok favourites Spicy Oyster Eggplant (Rs.110), Pork Shyapta (Rs.140).
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First arrive the prawns and the chicken, fresh from the deep fryer with golden brown outer and a pulsating crunchiness in every bite. The subtle hint of five spices in the chicken leaves an alluring taste. The steaming bundle of hot momos and momo buns arrive with a bowl of clear soup. The pork filling is a less-oily welcome version, but the outer casing is a little heavier and thicker than we would prefer. The buns, however, satisfy our perky enthusiasm. The dish of our interest is the Chicken Thukpa. Boiling hot, zesty chicken broth poured over a bowl of noodles and strips of coloured veggies, chicken strings and half an egg to garnish. As promised it is indeed simple and delicious. The flat noodles and the fried rice are spunky with the choice of black fungus and sweet, enticing Chinese sausages, respectively. While the eggplant comes in a saucy heap, creating a pleasant change for the tastebuds, the Pork Shyapta is actually lean, diced pork in most compelling flavours.
Momos, Chicken/Pork Thukpa, Chilli Basil Pork
Review posted more than 6 month ago
simply great...after having momo in momo iam I am unable to have momos from any other counter.
Review posted more than a year ago
Momo I am serves awesome Tibetan food and I and my friends literary drool over their menu. Trust me their momos actually melts inside mouth the moment you take a bite. Thukpa is another mouth watering and very healthy dish that they offer. The T Momo Combo is filling and has best of the best dishes from the menu. My personal favorite is Chicken Shyapta from the T Momo Combo. Some of my friends also love the Flat Chicken Noodles. Momo I Am is pocket friendly and awesome with its Chinese cuisine.
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