A local chef has brought Nepal’s most popular street food to downtown Oshawa with the opening of Street Momo.
Momos are a type of dumpling — they’re often steamed but can also be deep fried or pan fried.
“It is the most popular food in Nepal. In the corner of every street they have the momo counter,” said Raj Khatri, who owns Street Momo with business partner and fellow chef Khagaraj Subedi. “Here in my restaurant I use the same recipe as back home.”
Khatri has a long history in the kitchen.
Before coming to Canada in 2010, he spent 17 years as a chef in high-end hotels in different parts of Asia.
When he arrived in Canada as a skilled worker, Khatri worked in several Indian restaurants before opening his first business, Vindaloo Indian Cuisine in Scarborough, which he ran for five years.
In 2019, he opened Balti Indian Restaurant in downtown Whitby, focusing on balti-style curry dishes popular in Pakistan and northern India.
Khatri says momos were an obvious choice for his new venture in Oshawa, because he wants to introduce local residents to the food he grew up with in Nepal.
At Street Momos, located at 19 Simcoe St. S., momos are served in a variety of ways from simply steamed to wok fried with ginger, peppers and onions.
The Tandoori Momos are marinated in masala and cooked in a tandoor, while Madras Momos are served Indian style with coconut milk.
“Besides momos, we serve authentic Indian cuisine and I added some Thai and Hakka on the side,” Khatri said, noting his focus is on fresh, scratch-made food.
Popular dishes include butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, pineapple fried rice, chili chicken, vegetable chow mein and desserts like homemade kulfi, which is an ice-cream made with reduced milk and flavored with saffron.
“Cooking is my passion,” Khatri said. “I am so lucky to achieve my goal and my dream come true.”
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Address: 19 Simcoe St.S., Oshawa