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Title: Momo news roundup
Post by: toddg on March 24, 2010, 09:40:55 PM
Joe at Edible Queens raves about the vegetarian momos at Mustang Thakali Kitchen (http://www.ediblecommunities.com/queens/369-mustang-thakalis-thoroughbred-veggie-momo.htm).
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: toddg on November 01, 2015, 11:35:10 PM
It has been a while since we've caught up on news in the neighborhood's momo scene.

Jeff Orlick's 2014 Momo Crawl was held last November (http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=12598), and it drew crowds of people to the neighborhood.   Jeff has recently posted a great overview (http://iwantmorefood.com/2015/10/04/momo-crawl-2014-wrap/) of the event to his blog.  He announced that the winner of the 2014 trophy was Lhasa Fast Food (http://www.yelp.com/biz/lhasa-fast-food-jackson-heights), the legendary "secret" momo shop hidden behind a cell phone store on 74th Avenue.   Recently, Jeff has announced that the 2015 Momo Crawl (http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=13877) will be held on Saturday, November 14th.

Today, Joe DiStefano writes about a secret new momo (http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2015/11/secret-momo-discovered-at-jackson-heights-momo-speakeasy/) at this secret momo shop, a beef-and-chive variety.   

Any other momo news?
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Jeffsayyes on November 03, 2015, 09:28:32 AM
I have lots of news but I want to hear what other people say. I'll tell you this nugget though, there is one place that will definitely not be on the Momo Crawl. It's a counter at DigiPlus on 75th street south of Roosevelt.  They are too small an operation for the crawl but its definitely interesting and you should check out. They also make freshly ground masala for the tea. The guy there was a doctor in Nepal and now he's serving momos --- isn't that crazy? NYC has such potential because we have doctors, lawyers, very educated people who come here and have to start out selling food or driving taxis... The next wave always grows so quickly because of it.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: abcdefghijk on November 03, 2015, 10:02:15 AM
Thanks.  Excellent.

Now we can get a delicious momo PLUS a diagnosis.

That's awesome.

Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: lalochezia on November 03, 2015, 11:48:05 AM
Thanks.  Excellent.

Now we can get a delicious momo PLUS a diagnosis.

That's awesome.



The diagnosis is: deliciousness deficit syndrome. The treatment: MOMOS.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: toddg on November 15, 2015, 08:53:32 PM
Congratulations to Jeff Orlick (and Jackson Heights generally) on another successful Momo Crawl!  I missed it yet again, but my family was there, and they had a great time. 

The crowds were quite large again, perhaps due to writeups in The Voice (http://www.villagevoice.com/restaurants/best-weekend-food-events-thanksgiving-wine-workshop-momo-crawl-and-barback-games-7910439) and Gothamist (http://gothamist.com/2015/11/09/momo_crawl_2015.php).   And they were enthusiastic, too.  Some were so inspired by the tasty dumplings that they got free momo tattoos (https://instagram.com/p/-FeADKSDuS/) at Mohan's Tattoo Inn (http://www.mohanstattooinn.com/), which has just set up shop here in Jackson Heights (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151109/jackson-heights/legendary-nepali-tattoo-artist-opens-jackson-heights-shop).

Even the map was awesome, as it has been every year.  This time, each copy looked freshly sketched by pencil (https://instagram.com/p/-EdfhHmice/).  It was an unusual and impressive printing job by Digiplus on Roosevelt. 

This year's winner, according to Jeff's Twitter feed, was Amdo Kitchen (https://twitter.com/JeffOrlick/status/665699722603139073), which is a truck that can often be found on 37th Road.

Here are some highlights from Twitter (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23momocrawl)
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Jeffsayyes on November 19, 2015, 02:46:23 PM
Yeah, I was astonished too how good those copies came out. My copier was not coming out well at all, I was definitely concerned. Those copies were like exact replicas of the one I drew. DigiPlus is great. Really helpful and they keep getting new equipment.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Lilybell on November 20, 2015, 12:27:15 PM
Is Amdo kitchen the truck that's usually parked catty-corner to the pedestrian plaza almost under the train tracks? 

If so, I think they're good but I wish these guys would use less gristly meat (I mean all of the momo sellers, not just Amdo).
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Dodger on November 20, 2015, 05:04:31 PM
Yes, Amdo is usually parked on 37th Road near Diversity Plaza. I go for their chicken momos which are awesome. My only wish, and like yours Lilybell, it's a general one to all Momo-sellers, is that I wish they served the momos with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce like a Chinese dumpling place, in addition to all the spicy sauces. I realize that's just not how it's done, but it's the taste I crave when I pop one of them in my mouth.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Maple on November 23, 2015, 11:45:02 PM
The one time I tried Amdo, I was underwhelmed. It was fine, but not a contender. But I don't do hot sauce, so perhaps it's the sauce that tilted people in its favor. I'd rather go upstairs to Phayul, or to Lali Guras, which has the best yellow sauce that's spicy but not super hot.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: pynchoff on November 24, 2015, 08:26:51 AM
I really like their meat momo. They're very juicy, almost like soup dumplings. You can also ask for kimchee with your momos at no extra charge.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: toddg on April 02, 2017, 11:31:41 PM
Breaking momo news!   There's a new momo truck (https://twitter.com/momobrosnyc) in town

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8QQsqSWAAE5UFH.jpg)

Hat tip: Jeff Orlick - https://www.instagram.com/p/BSZNOYzAXCn/?taken-by=queensqustodian
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: dssjh on April 03, 2017, 08:11:44 AM
if they put half as much effort into the momo as they did into the truck, these should be pretty terrific!
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: dssjh on April 04, 2017, 02:55:09 PM
tried for the first time yesterday, and the momo were so so good, especially the Jhol Momo (served with a sesame-like spicy sambal).

but we might have to start searching for the truck -- as i was waiting for my order, the manager of the Citibank came out and started loudly warning the people inside that they had to move, because they were "blocking" the doors. not sure exactly how, since the truck is on the street, and there's plenty of room on either side of the vehicle, but.....
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: jackinjh on April 04, 2017, 03:36:50 PM
Amdo definitely have the most watery juicy momo. I like the Tawa Deli one as their seasoning is better.

I missed the momo crawl last year, anyone know if they improve the line, instead cooking momo when order they should just cook a large batch. I went few years ago, the line was long. Waited forever just to eat two momo, since I was want to try all of them on the map but end up only trying five places and left hungry.

Looking forward for this year.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: toddg on April 05, 2017, 12:03:31 AM
Chopsticks & Marrow profiles Momo Bros' jhol momo (http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2017/04/momo-bros-bring-jhol-momo-to-himalayan-heights/)

(http://1vt52lbjubq3o1o2y36z6rcs.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/jholmomo2.jpeg)
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: dssjh on April 08, 2017, 09:19:33 PM
have not seen the truck there in the last couple of days: if anyone has a lead, please spill the beans!
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Jeffsayyes on April 09, 2017, 04:31:13 AM
have not seen the truck there in the last couple of days: if anyone has a lead, please spill the beans!


They've been trying to find a regular space. Yesterday they were behind the Potala truck.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: frances on April 09, 2017, 11:05:35 AM
Their twitter account says they're on 74th today.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Jeffsayyes on April 09, 2017, 11:42:33 AM
If you walk across Diversity Plaza from one end to the other, you'll probably see it.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Lilybell on May 31, 2017, 01:18:58 PM
I finally tried the Momo Bros. truck over the weekend and I didn't like it at all, nor did my two companions. I had the beef and found it to be way too garlicky with a pronounced flavor of cinnamon (or maybe it was nutmeg). I was bummed because I did think the quality of the beef was a step above the competition.  The worst part is that I asked for one order and he gave me two - I paid for it anyway thinking they'd be good but I ended up throwing the second plate away.

I'll probably give it another chance to try the jhol momo.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: dssjh on May 31, 2017, 04:08:35 PM
they're definitely distinctively and assertively flavored. i liked the jhel momo a lot - the sauce/gravy is reminiscent of a thinner, spicier tahini.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: BennyB on June 01, 2017, 04:30:05 PM
they're definitely distinctively and assertively flavored. i liked the jhel momo a lot - the sauce/gravy is reminiscent of a thinner, spicier tahini.

Same here! I thought it tasted like tahini too. Delicious
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Lilybell on June 02, 2017, 09:53:49 AM
Is the meat inside of the jhel momo similar to the regular beef ones?  Or is it just the sauce that's different? 
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: dssjh on June 03, 2017, 08:10:10 PM
the meat seems about the same, although the sauce, being strong tasting, dominates. if you get yours to go, as i do, the sauce is served on the side; those who eat there get it spooned over in advance.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Lilybell on June 08, 2017, 09:41:16 AM
Thanks. I have a feeling it will be too strong-tasting for me but I'll give it a try.  I am afflicted with the curse of being a supertaster...it's one of my least-favorite things about myself.
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Jeffsayyes on June 09, 2017, 07:54:14 AM
New place next to the Phayul door just opened - Potala


and I like the Momo Bros a lot!
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: dssjh on June 09, 2017, 09:57:56 AM
New place next to the Phayul door just opened - Potala


and I like the Momo Bros a lot!

could that be a brick and mortar version of the Potala truck that's been at the triangle of roosevelt, broadway, 74th?
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Shelby2 on June 13, 2017, 01:00:54 PM
New place next to the Phayul door just opened - Potala


and I like the Momo Bros a lot!

could that be a brick and mortar version of the Potala truck that's been at the triangle of roosevelt, broadway, 74th?

According to this article, it's unrelated. https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170613/jackson-heights/potala-restaurant-jackson-heights-tibetan-food
Title: NY Times: Momos in JH
Post by: Shelby2 on January 17, 2018, 01:34:36 AM
Winter Salvation, Fresh From the Dumpling Steamer, in Queens

In winter, momos are salvation: hot dumplings with swirled pleats, fresh from the steamer, arriving in a cloudy rush of ascending souls.

To eat them outdoors in winter, shivering, with numb, fumbling fingers, is even more of a wonder. At the Amdo Kitchen food truck in Jackson Heights, Queens, momos come huddled unceremoniously, eight for $5 on a disposable plate; bow your head over them and the steam kisses your face.

Thubten Amchok, the owner and chef, grew up in the Amdo region of Tibet and fled to Nepal and then India before settling in the U.S. in 1995. A former monk, he started selling momos from a pushcart six years ago. Now his truck — emblazoned with Tibetan and American flags, snow lions alongside stars and stripes — rolls out daily, weather permitting. (Snowdrifts from the recent storm piled up so high, he couldn’t park on the street for two weeks.)

full article Winter Salvation, Fresh From the Dumpling Steamer, in Queens (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/dining/amdo-kitchen-review-potala-momo.html?mabReward=CTS2&recid=0zFpG9gFXlue7QAhukikkzoYwAO&recp=7&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine&_r=0)

(https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/01/17/dining/17HUNGRY-Potala-slide-VAO3/17HUNGRY-Potala-slide-VAO3-superJumbo.jpg)
Title: Re: NY Times: Momos in JH
Post by: dssjh on January 17, 2018, 09:52:45 AM
she nails it perfectly. sent a note, though, correcting the address for amdo, which is not at the intersection of 37th road and 68th street.
Title: Re: NY Times: Momos in JH
Post by: hfm on January 17, 2018, 12:22:19 PM
I wish the carrot momos at Lhasa that they had during the crawl were on the menu permanently. They were my favorite of the crawl, went back a week or two later and they didn't have them. Are they randomly on that menu?
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: lalochezia on June 04, 2018, 07:09:35 PM
Banana Momos!


http://www.eatingintranslation.com/2018/06/hamro-bhims-cafe.html
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Shelby2 on November 09, 2018, 06:55:52 PM
Another momo place was profiled today in the Times. Momo Crave: Momos That Stand Out in a Crowd  (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/dining/momo-crave-review.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage)
I wasn't sure if there was already a thread about it. I can't keep up with all the momo news!  :-*
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: lalochezia on November 09, 2018, 08:30:22 PM
Below is an image of a recent, quite satisfactory visit I had to their establishment

(https://media1.tenor.com/images/d840fe45b6bc2fcfd4086e9f02522400/tenor.gif?itemid=3571204)
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: antparty on December 06, 2018, 10:32:27 PM
Potato Momos Only!

   As a veggie Momo lover, I would rank the potato momos of JH as

1. Phayul
2. the truck that is always there at diversity plaza (near side) that has indifferent service.

Are there any other potato momos in the hood that I should be eating? I find the mixed-vegetable ones not to my liking (cabbage?)
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: toddg on December 13, 2018, 09:52:08 PM
Eater profiles the jhol momos at Sumnima Kitchen in Woodside (https://ny.eater.com/2018/12/13/18136845/sumnima-kitchen-woodside-fle-fle-grill-chelsea-p-s-bakery-flatbush-review-cheap-eats)

(https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/13619912/ThreeGreat93SumnimaJholMomo.jpg)
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: toddg on September 17, 2019, 08:28:29 PM
The 2019 Momo Crawl (https://qns.com/story/2019/09/11/dumpling-debauchery-jackson-heights-hosts-momo-crawl-2019-on-sunday/) has come and gone, and Nepali Bhanchha Ghar has won for the third year in a row (https://twitter.com/MenschMentality/status/1173364682205421569)!

(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/70028206_2634166516634527_4591730324764884992_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_oc=AQkaX-7Oo5l4-LvfQYvHTiePeiMBpTKX5eXXfTiHK6R2Ae8Dmz45TnktE0iM8TLyw_4&_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&oh=62660d104f3c1f2b1d00739539c2330c&oe=5DF287B9)

(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/69972026_2634166733301172_8610633735911505920_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_oc=AQkerYUFshsz49IVYOGRlQPi0_L-TARnwsi5xJ0jlwdfdNJZ7NMdi5t1B7Db3zJDD2M&_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&oh=bf57ff5102555a9b038baac1188f5b53&oe=5E3D9D23)

More pictures (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/momocrawl/?hl=en)
Title: Re: Momo news roundup
Post by: Jeffsayyes on September 21, 2019, 10:50:14 AM
That last picture is funny. That was the table doing momo drawings and those paintings are from the Momo App. She decided to do portraits for a dollar and that guy got his portrait done not once but twice - each time he said it wasn't good and discarded the drawing right away... idk, that's funny to me.


It was the best Momo Crawl ever though