Check out these handmade Nepali dumplings from London's Momos at the Market
Afternoon Drive's Jonathan Pinto learns the story behind Yam Gurung's hand-made momos
Gyoza. Perogy. Ravioli. Mandu. Knish.
Whatever you call them, I'm a huge fan of dumplings. If it involves meat, veggies or even fruit in a wrapper, I'm in.
So when I heard about a place in London that specializes in Nepali-style dumplings — known as momos — I knew I had to find out more.
While they may look similar to the dumplings found in China, Korea and Japan, momos taste totally different.
Take a look at how they're made.
"Momos have a more [unique] flavour, a mixture of ... Indian spice and Nepali spice," explained Yam Gurung, the owner of Momos at the Market.
He's been selling his dumplings made with Arva flour and filled with chicken, pork, vegetable and water buffalo since 2010, initially at the Western Fair District Market on Saturdays, but now also seven days a week at the London Food Incubator in Old East Village.
With the filling containing ingredients such as turmeric, coriander, ginger and garlic and topped with his signature tomato, coriander and garlic sauce, a plate of steamed momos combined my love for Chinese dumplings with the flavours of the Indian food I grew up with.
My brain couldn't quite figure out what was going on — but whatever it was, it wanted more.
In Nepal, Gurung worked as a mountain guide, and in the off season, as a cook. It was there where he met his wife Samantha Schuster, a Canadian. He moved to Canada in 2001.
After a 14-month stint in Nunavut, where Schuster worked as a midwife, the couple moved to London. Gurung started working as a cook, but with the arrival of their second child, he ended up staying at home for five years to look after their kids.
In 2010, after the children started school, Gurung approached the Western Fair District market about selling his hand-made momos. After a year of selling from a table, a commercial kitchen spaced opened up at the King Street building, and he's been there ever since.
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CBC Windsor reporter Jonathan Pinto travels across southwestern Ontario as Afternoon Drive's "food dude." Know of a place you think he should check out? Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter @jonathan_pinto.