Trekking for Momos

momosAs we eagerly await word on the status of our visa applications for India, we are in a sort of limbo. All flights and hotels are bought and/or booked, and we have done plenty of preliminary work looking through guidebooks and websites about what to see and do in each place.

But nothing consumes our thoughts about this upcoming trip quite as much as the food we will be enjoying there. We love Indian food and eat it fairly regularly, but we have always tended to order the same few dishes we know we like. Now, a little over two months out, we realize we need to expand our culinary horizon a bit to include many other dishes we will likely encounter in our travels.

In addition to India, we are spending a few days in Nepal. As we learned to our delight last summer at a festival in Union Square, there is a well established Nepali population in our area. So last night we visited Yak & Yeti, on Broadway in Somerville, which serves both Nepali and Indian food.pakoras

From outside, the restaurant has an unassuming storefront, but inside two small rooms are delightfully decorated, with a Himalayan mural in one room, and whimsical string art covering the wall of the other. We were greeted immediately and offered our choice of tables. Service was pleasant, and prompt, and a small plate of complimentary pakoras were brought to the table. We had a restaurant.com gift certificate that required us to spend a certain amount, so we ordered a bit more than we would have normally.Bhedako Sekuwa

We decided to order primarily from the Nepali section of the menu. The only Nepali food we’d had before were momos, small dumplings filled with meat or vegetables. At the Nepali festival in our neighborhood last year, they were covered in a savory gravy, and then a hot sauce. Yak & Yeti served them more formally, “nude” on a platter with a hot chutney for dipping. We opted for the vegetable momos, which were very good, and the dough was thinner (and therefore lighter) than we had before. A second appetizer, Bhedako Sekuwa, small lamb pieces marinated in spices and then grilled, was very flavorful but a little tough (it’s the only dish we likely would not order again).

pumpkinFor entrées, we had Pharsiko Tarkari, mashed pumpkin that was flavored with garlic, ginger and other spices. It was so savory and delicious I made sure to take the leftovers home. Kukhurako Tarkari, a chicken dish, was quite good as well. Small boneless pieces of chicken in a spicy tomato-based sauce, also with lots of garlic, ginger and other spices. All entrées come with basmati rice, which was fragrant and perfectly cooked.

The only Indian item we ordered was garlic naan, which was lighter and crisper than naan we’ve had elsewhere. It was a bit less garlicky than we like but we enjoyed the difference in texture, since we had really ordered a lot of food.Kukhurako Tarkari

An additional nice touch were the two mint chocolates brought at the end of dinner, with the bill. We would definitely return to Yak & Yeti. One final note, if you go: they do not serve beer or wine. But with proximity to Magoun and Davis Squares, it’s easy enough to enjoy some great food, and then take a nice evening stroll and grab a drink elsewhere, if that’s your pleasure.

Now, where are those visas…

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6 thoughts on “Trekking for Momos

      • Yes. There are several, especially if you love photography. You must not miss Swayambhunath (Buddhist shrine on hill top), Boudnath (major Buddhist shrine), Pashupatinath (I hate the place and that’s where they burn the dead but you should see it). Kathmandu Durbar Square (full of locals and temples and very photogenic), Patan Durbar Squara and Bhaktapur Old City and Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is really magical. Most of these are World heritage Sites. See also the old city here in Kathmandu. It is truly amazing………………………….. For some of the most amazing scenery in Nepal, go to Pokhara, 200 km to the west. Pokhara is the highlight of most people’s trips for incredible scenery and the lake. There are also mountain flights early every morning by most domestic airlines. They’re a bit expensive but the scenery is stunning. If you want a free guide, possibly my nephew Kumar or one of our nieces could show you around these places. November is a terrific month to visit Nepal. Visiting World Heritage Sites is a bit expensive and they used to charge about $7 a site but I’m not sure of the current rates. But otherwise things are incredibly cheap here, especially restaurants, hotels and transportation. Are you backpacking or staying in smart hotels or what ?

  1. Thank you, those are great suggestions, and confirm much of what we’ve been reading about, though we hadn’t read about Pokhara yet. We are staying at a hotel recommended by a friend who currently lives in Delhi (and with whom we are staying when we visit that city) – Ambassador Garden Home in the Thamel area. We’ll only be in Kathmandu a few days, and would love to have someone show us around if they’re available.

    • Good morning Sara. I don’t know Ambassador Garden Home but most places in Thamel are just fine. Occasionally I stay overnight in Thamel and I have been staying in Kathmandu Peace Guesthouse but some of the staff are a bit strange so I may try that Ambassador next time.

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