By Jianne Soriano
July 06, 2021
Get your fix of momo dumplings at these momo places in Hong Kong, whether you like them fried, steamed, or even in a soup
Dumplings come in many varieties: Japanese gyoza, Korean mandu, Chinese jiaozi, Turkish manti and while they are all equally delicious, we can’t help but feel a certain resemblance to momo dumplings. This comfort food can be served fried or steamed and has various combinations for its garnish, whether it’s chicken, lamb or vegetables.
With Nepalese cuisine being relatively under the radar of the Hong Kong food scene, we wanted to highlight this favorite classic that you might miss. Thanks to Hong Kong’s vibrant Nepalese community, there’s no shortage of momo hotspots to get a taste. From homemade products to innovative offers, we break down the best momo spots in town.
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Tell Camellia is a tea-inspired cocktail bar in Central, so it’s no surprise that they want to communicate the history of the tea world by mixing it with cocktails using modern experimental techniques. The name comes from Camellia Sinesis, the tea bush plant. Co-founded by acclaimed Hong Kong native bar specialist Sandeep Hathiramani and award-winning Gagan Gurung and bartender, Tell Camellia has just one dish on the menu: momo.
The rest of the menu is filled with drinks of all kinds. For their solitary dish, Tell Camellia has teamed up with Momo House, a virtual brand launched by the co-founders themselves. Due to the high demand, Momo House not only offers pickup at Tell Camellia, but ordering through Deliveroo is now available. Bison momo is all the rage here.
Tell Camellia, LG, H Code, 35 Pottinger Street, 48 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9821 5501, tellcamellia.com
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The Manakamana Nepali restaurant takes its name from a Hindu temple in the Himalayas and although the restaurant is popular for curry, the set menu offers a range of Nepalese dishes. One that you can’t miss at this family-run restaurant is definitely the momo stuffed with chicken or vegetables, which you can fry or steam. We promise you will end up craving a second round.
Nepalese Restaurant Manakamana, G / F, 107 Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2385 2070, facebook.com/manakamanahk
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Momoz is the latest addition to momo and roll culture on the Hong Kong food scene. Boasting a chic environment, this relaxed restaurant interprets traditional momos and rolls in a contemporary style incorporating innovative elements inspired by different cuisines. You will be spoiled for choice from the wide selection whether it is classic chicken momo, curry katsu chicken momo, kimchi momo or Hainan chicken momo.
In addition to incorporating global flavors, each momo is homemade with fresh ingredients and delicate craftsmanship. All the spices are forced from Nepal and each sauce is tailor-made to match each type of momo. They are also very Instagrammable, some of which are in different colors although no artificial coloring is added. The bite size also melts momo in your mouth all at once.
Momoz, Shop No.3, G / F, Lee Wai Commercial Building, 1 & 3 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3752 2670
6 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2898 3129
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Momo N Curry is described as a hidden gem in Sai Ying Pun, but don’t let the unassuming location stop you from going. From the name, you can pretty much tell that the hit dishes here are momo and curry. If this is your first time trying Nepalese cuisine, the classic steamed chicken momo will never disappoint. The thick, mushy dumplings but the soft chicken meat inside are a perfect mix in every bite.
Momo N Curry, G / F, Kenbo Commercial Building, 335-339 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
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Run by the creators of Draft Land, Quinary, and Room 209, The Envoy offers a tranquil retreat away from the chaos of Central, boasting an outdoor patio and stylish nooks and crannies with stylish interiors. Of course, the food and drink is also not to be missed, from the tea-inspired cocktails to its extensive menu.
While The Envoy has a lot to offer, the steamed momo immediately stands out, especially among the mix of Hong Kong, Indian and Malaysian offerings. There are only two options on the a la carte menu, the vegetarian pork and the Iberian pork, but whichever you choose, both are excellent and served with a spicy tomato sauce.
The Envoy, 3 / F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2169 3311, theenvoy.hk
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Nepal Restaurant has been in Hong Kong since 1995 and with 25 years of experience serving Nepalese cuisine, you know you are in good hands. Here, comfort and spices are the star – the feeling of munching on homemade food even if you have rarely eaten Nepalese food, simply because each dish is made with extra TLC. This long-standing restaurant has a lot to offer, starters, soups, salads and even chicken, lamb or vegetable specialties.
Their ultimate starter is the momo, made fresh and you can choose whether you want lamb, chicken, or veggie toppings or whether you want it steamed or fried. Momo is also a great option for vegans, as are other offerings like potato pancake and fried eggplant.
Nepal Restaurant & Bar, G / F, 14 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 6212, nepalrestaurant.com.hk
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Himalaya Restaurant offers varied culinary delights of Nepalese and Indian cuisine, with emphasis on the use of vegetables, legumes, rice, grains, spices and herbs. If you haven’t tried Nepalese and Indian cuisine, dining at Himalaya Restaurant is a great start as their dishes give you a glimpse into the inherited culture and tradition through flavor and taste.
With a variety of dishes to offer, we doubt you can easily make up your mind. But as the name suggests on the menu, the Himalaya Special is without a doubt the momo. Those with a big appetite can opt for the weekend buffets to get a mix of everything.
Himalaya Restaurant, 1 / F, 22-30 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2527 5899, himalayarstaurant.com.hk
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Nothing sounds better than a homemade momo and an Instagram-run boutique, Momo Rush is a crowd favorite. This store started with the mission of allowing Hong Kongers to try homemade momo, but has championed making sure their offering is homemade by making the wraps themselves.
Food is only available for pickup on weekends at select MTR stations to ensure quality and is really fresh when it reaches you. If you want something else to go with your mom, they have other Nepalese snacks on the menu as well.
Momo Rush, instagram.com/momo.rushh
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Another Instagram momo store to put on your radar is Eat Momo Box, which serves all-natural, handmade, and truly authentic momos. Those who want to try a variety of different momo should order here, as their 24 or 32 momo platter is a safe and affordable winner too.
For the 24 momo platter, you can get eight pieces of steamed, pan-fried and deep-fried momo as well as a can of momo chutney (sauce). Meanwhile, the 32 momo platter has the same variety in addition to eight more fried momo seasoning pieces. The store only accepts pre-orders with collection available at MTR stations.
Eat Momo Box, instagram.com/eatmomobox
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If you are looking to dine in a place with more of a neighborhood vibe, KTM Bar and Kitchen is the place for you. Located in Kennedy Town, you can enjoy a range of Nepalese and Indian dishes. It’s also a great place to relax with a drink close at hand after work hours as it transforms into a lounge at night. The menu is varied, from curries, tandoori bread, rice and biryani to momo, which is the dish people keep coming back for.
And in case you don’t know what to order, the staff are always ready to help if you get lost in the translation.
KTM Bar & Kitchen, 71 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2817 3889
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This Jordanian Nepalese restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike. The Ex-Gorkha Restaurant and Bar has been praised for its friendly staff, good food, service, affordable prices and a great meeting place to chat with friends. The name of the restaurant refers to the Gurkhas (or Gorkhas), soldiers from South Asia of Nepalese nationality who were recruited for the British Army, most of the Nepalese residing in Hong Kong being descendants of Gurkha soldiers.
Momo’s restaurant offering is mostly what you’d expect, three varieties of chicken and pork, available steamed, fried or with chili. Don’t let that stop you, the classic choice sounds like comfort food.
Ex-Gorkha Restaurant and Bar, Shop 5, G / F, Kings Court, 65–75 Wai Ching Street, Jordan, Hong Kong business.site
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It’s not the easiest place to get to, especially when you don’t live that far from the city, but Momo is worth the trip for its affordability, all under HK $ 50 for 10 pieces of momo appetizing house.
You can get them in a variety of cooking styles, whether steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried, and sweet and sour. You can even have it served in a soup with noodles when you don’t want it too dry or if the sauce is too hot for your taste buds. We know you’ll thank us later.
Momo, Boutique D150, 1 / F, Kingswood Richly Plaza, 1 Tin Wu Road, Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong, +852 6108 1283
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