Bhutan

Bhutan is situated in the Himalayas, bordered by China and India. According to a 2006 survey, Bhutan is the 8th happiest country in the world. And after eating tonight’s dumplings I see why!

One of the first dishes I came across in my research were dumplings called momo. I’m a bit of a dumpling fiend so my research stopped there. Momo are the most popular ‘fast food’ in Bhutan.

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The traditional filing of the momo is yak, beef, vegetables or cheese. My village butcher was sadly yak-less this week so I opted for beef instead. I mixed around 300g of minced beef with half a chopped onion, some spring onions, garlic and chili. I flavoured the mix with Chinese wine (Xiaosing) and soy sauce. I made the filling, mixed it together then left it overnight for the flavours to infuse. It smelt amazing by the time I came to make them tonight. I had some Indian paneer cheese in the freezer and assumed it would be similar to the cheese found in Bhutan so made a few momos with cheese, white onion and spring onion.

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I cheated with the wrappers and used some pre-made dumplings skins from our last jaunt to China Town in Manchester. The momo can either be formed into half-moon shaped parcels or pinched at the top to form a purse-like shape. I made a few of each. I used the crimping tool which I’ve mentioned before which makes forming the dumplings an absolute doddle!

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The momo can be steamed (for around 30 minutes) or fried. Again, I tried a few of each. Both were tasty; the steamed ones were more juicy but the fried ones had a nicer flavour on the outside.

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Momos are served with a dipping sauce. The first one I found was a chutney-like consistency sauce made from tomato, chili, garlic and coriander. I opted for a lighter dip of 50:50 soy sauce and rice wine vinegar with a dash of chili oil added.

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This meal was always going to be a winner; I love Asian food and any sort of dumplings. As expected it was amazing! I was surprised just how quick it was to make, especially using the pre-bought dumpling skins and the crimping device.

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