Nepalese are food fanatics who can travel miles and for hours just to get some authentic taste of their unique specials. The capital city Kathmandu itself is a food hub of several street foods of South Asia. The numerous stalls around the city can be seen packed with hungry customers just waiting to dig into the hot momos, noodles, chatpate and what not. The food at the street side stalls are hygienic, tasty and cheaper when compared to restaurants. Here are top 7 most popular street foods which are a must try in Nepal.
Momos are one of Nepal’s most popular dishes, believed to have originated in Tibet. You can find momos at every corner of the city, be it on road side stalls or restaurants. It has a filling of meat, vegetables or cheese. Momos are best served with hot spicy sauce and can be had steamed or fried- either way as you like it. Momo is usually cooked by steaming but can also be pan fried which is called Kothey Momo. So here you can check how to do momos at home.
Yomari is a popular festive dish, often eaten around the post- harvest celebration of Yomari Punhi. A yomari is a confection of rice flour dough shaped like fish and filled with brown cane sugar and sesame seeds which is later steamed. These contain sweet filings such as chaku, chocolate, etc. These are steamed in a special pot called potasi before serving.
Sekuwa is a meat roasted in natural wood or log fire in a traditional Nepalese country style. While the meat is still raw, it is mixed with natural herbs, spices and other necessary ingredients. The meat can be that of pork, lamb, chicken or goat. Unlike momo stalls, sekuwa stalls on the streets of Nepal are hard to come by in large numbers.
Chatamari is a traditional recipe of the Newars of the Kathmandu in Nepal and is eaten during festivals and other special occasions. This dish is often referred to as the Nepali pizza but it could well be labelled a taco given the fact that they are generally folded and served with fillings. What separates chatamari from pizzas and tacos are the Nepali spices used and the crepe which is made using rice flour.
Maas Ko Bara
‘Maas Ko Bara’ is light and spongy daal patties that resemble small pancakes and is made from dark lentils which have been soaked overnight, then ground to paste and mixed with masala. This mixture is then shaped into small circular discs and then fried in mustard oil. An egg is cracked over it and minced meat is added at the last minute.This is more of a street food and you will not find them served in a Kathmandu restaurant.
Thukpa is a noodle soup that originated in the eastern part of Tibet. It consists of boiled noodles, shredded meat and vegetables and is often seen eaten alongside momo. The punchy Nepalese variation of thukpa features garam masala, chili powder and noodles with gram and pea soup. This gives it a hot and spicy flavor.
Sel Roti is a cross between a bagel and a doughnut, but it actually is made of rice flour. This is a perfect snack and are often consumed during Tihar and Dashain festivals. It tastes perfect when dipped in yogurt along with vegetables. It can be found from street vendors and tastes best when eaten fresh.
The Last Words
Indeed a large variety of food items such as sekuwa, momos, etc. can be found on the street side stalls in Nepal and it’s even better if you get to try all of them with the help of a local who will help you out in trying all the food varieties.