Yalla Momos: Yalla Yalla to Yalla Momos
One of the things this food blog allows me to do is share with you some eateries that do not have the advertising and social media muscle to promote themselves. They are small restaurants which you hear of through word of mouth making it all the more important to tell their food-tale.
Yalla Momos, a restaurant that can seat only 8 people inside is one such eatery in Karama (they have recently opened in International City as well). With the weather getting better, they have limited outdoor seating.
A ‘momo’ is the Himalayan answer to the dumpling, popular in Nepal and Tibet. It is one of the most popular fast foods in many regions of Nepal and their popularity has spread to India and the rest of the world.
A momo is a simple white-flour-and-water dough which is used to make the outer momo covering. Traditionally, momo is prepared with ground/minced meat filling, but over the past several years, this has changed and the fillings have become more elaborate. These days, momo is prepared with virtually any combination of ground meat, vegetables, tofu, paneer cheese and vegetable and meat combinations. Basically, there are two types of momo, steamed and fried accompanied by either chutney or a sauce.
Now that we have got the explanation out of the way, let me tell you about Yalla Momos.
It is not an extensive menu, but has enough choice to satisfy any of your cravings – with vegetarian and non-vegetarian dumpling recipes covering shrimp and beef through to vegetable, tofu, paneer and more. There is also a handful of side dishes on offer such as ‘wai wai’ and ‘maggi’ noodles and homemade masala fries.
Each plate comes with 6 momos and is priced between AED 12- 15 for the steamed option and for the fried option you have to add AED 1.
We ordered the Chicken Momos (AED 12 for a plate of 6 steamed momos) – minced chicken, onion, vinegar chilli, coriander and garlic paste and Buff Momos (AED 12 for a plate of 6 steamed momos) – boneless buffalo meat, onion, coriander and seasoning. For our drinks we ordered the Oreo Shake (AED 8) and Cold Coffee (AED 8).
Service is swift and functional – do not expect the fancy trims. We ordered at the counter and were lucky to find a table considering how spacei is absolutely at a premium.
The momos ordered came to the table freshly cooked, still too hot to devour and perfectly twisted and formed in dough casings that were clearly freshly prepared in house. On the table were two sauces – hot and not-so-hot.
The Buff Momos were delicious and the spices and seasoning came through. The chicken momo was a bit bland for my taste although with the hot sauce it sort of got compensated. I think that the chicken momo could have done with a bit more garlic and coriander in the mix. But that’s a small gripe for the price I paid.
We had a wholesome, healthy (the cold coffee and oreo shake were our cheats) meal for just AED 40. In a place like Dubai where food prices just keep increasing, it’s nice to find a pocket friendly restaurant which makes it all about the food.
Yalla Momos is well worth a try.
Location: Behind Park Regis hotel, Opposite Bikanerwala, Karama, Dubai Tel: +971 4 385 2233 Open from 12 pm – 12 am (Saturday to Thursday) and 4 pm – 12 am (Friday)
Yalla Momos is also located atV-12Russia Cluster, Behind Warsan Mandi Restaurant, Opposite Chicken Tikka Inn, International City Tel: +971 4 2765772