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Of all the delicacies of Nepalese cuisine, there is perhaps no dish more renowned than the humble and delicious momo. Often appearing either as small and round xiaolongbao-esque bites or longer and intricately pleated crescent-shaped dumplings, momos are said to be brought to Nepal from Tibet by Newar traders in the Kathmandu valley.
From the classic chicken, pork, lamb, and veggie momos to the occasional buffalo momo and colourful fusion takes stuffed with “char siu” and Hainanese chicken, here are the best places to find momos in Hong Kong.
One of the most popular Nepalese grab-and-go spots in Jordan—where many of the city’s Nepali reside—is Street Fast Food, an affordable no-frills snack shop serving up bites like pani puri ($30), gulab jamun ($10), and of course, momos.
Street Fast Food offers three momo fillings—buffalo ($40), chicken ($40), and vegetable ($35)—with three preparations available; steamed, fried, or kothay (steamed on top and fried on the bottom). Whichever style you choose, you can expect the momos to be juicy and delicious—with plenty of spicy sauce you can add to your taste.
Street Fast Food Jordan, Shop E, 53 Woosung Street, Jordan | (+852) 2885 0123
Hidden away among the boutiques and bubble tea shops on Lyndhurst Terrace is this tiny sliver of a restaurant, marked by its cheerful blue livery and chihuahua logo. Although it may appear at first glance to be a takeaway shop during the day, walk past at night and you’ll find a cast of regulars singing karaoke, smoking CBD shisha, and tucking into piping hot momos.
Don’t let the small space fool you—almost everything here, from the momos to the noodles in the thukpa soup, is homemade with love. The momos are some of the best in town, with three variants—pork, beef, or vegetarian (starting from $50) available either steamed or fried. If you’re dropping by for a round of karaoke, the popcorn chicken ($78) makes for a great bar snack.
Lot Restaurant and Bar, Shop 4, 58 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central | (+852) 2619 1181
For a delicious, wallet-friendly meal of Nepalese food, hit up Momo Moment in Kennedy Town. The owners are a lovely Hong Kong-based Chinese-Nepalese couple, Carrie and Jay, who got the idea to start the restaurant after a quick trip to Nepal turned into a six-month stay due to international travel restrictions.
Switching from their pandemic-hit occupations—travel agent and bartender, respectively—to become restaurateurs, the couple poured everything they had into the colourful 150-square-foot shop, with momos, pani puri, dahi puri, and masala chai made according to Jay’s family recipes.
The momos are the star here, with the xiaolongbao-esque steamed pork momos ($45) being our favourites, especially when dipped in the moreish spicy sesame-peanut sauce. For a quick savoury snack, we like the paneer cheese balls ($28) and chatpati ($25), a zingy Nepalese-style salsa featuring a citrus-dressed mixture of diced onions, tomatoes, spices, and cilantro with crunchy instant noodle bits.
Momo Moment, G/F, 34 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 9846 6569
If you have a hankering for more unusual momos, Momoz—a bright and cheery chain with locations in Tsim Sha Tsui and Lan Kwai Fong—is the place to be. Here, momos are not just one of many dishes, but rather a vehicle for delicious, creative flavours. A total of 10 types of momos are available—with colourful, visually distinct wrappers that denote their differences—alongside five dipping sauces.
The momo menu is split into three categories: signature, which features five internationally-inspired fillings like Hainanese chicken or char siu lamb (starting from $88); classic, which offers traditional meat and vegetarian momos (starting from $78); and super spicy, which comprises two styles of Fire in the Hole momos ($98) with hot lamb or chicken ragu.
For a more portable snack, check out the rolls, which include options like the moreish butter chicken roll ($108) and Dynamite prawn roll ($118), featuring deep-fried prawns, vegetables, and cocktail sauce encased in a paratha roti. Can’t pick between momos or rolls? Enjoy both in the economical lunch set ($78), which includes four momos and a roll in the daily special flavour and a drink of your choice.
Momoz, G/F, 1–3 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3752 2670
Nepalese and Mexican food might not sound like an obvious match, but this tropical Temple Street restaurant and bar pulls it off with aplomb, dishing out nachos and curries along with craft cocktails and shisha. On the menu, you’ll find Nepalese specialities such as sukuti ($98; smoked dried buffalo meat), bhutuwa ($88 stir-fried pork intestine, blood, and meat), and, of course, momos.
your pick from the regular fried or steamed momos ($88) which include
your choice of pork, chicken, or paneer filling, and the Jungle Chilli momos
($98), featuring a fiery mix of fresh chillis, garlic, onion, tomato, and
mixed peppers (with the option of adding chicken). With its rose petal-like
wrapper and cheesy filling, the paneer is our pick—though you can’t go wrong
with the juicy pork, either.
The Jungle, Shop 3, Po Fat Building, 273–275 Temple Street, Jordan | (+852) 2602 3636
Tucked away on the corner of Cadogan Street, this amiable Nepalese hangout can be spotted by its rainbow-striped shopfront and colourful fluttering prayer flags.
While proudly and distinctly inspired by the culture and food of the Himalayas, KTM’s menu includes a wide variety of Nepalese and Indian dishes, with a robust selection of tandoori specials and Indian curries served alongside Nepalese dishes like choila ($98; spicy grilled meat), sekuwa ($98; roast skewers), and bara (starting from $68; lentil patties).
Here, the momo options include chicken (starting from $58), pork (starting from $58), veggie (starting from $48), and chilli ($108), all of which can be prepared in three ways: steamed, deep-fried, or in jhol—a comforting, flavourful soup laced with spices and tomato.
KTM Bar and Kitchen, 71 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2817 3889