Food: I don’t belong to Nepal or Tibet. But to read about culture and culinary habits, we don’t need to belong to a place but curiosity. Learn the history of MOMOs in this Thread!
It all started with a dumpling stuffed with pork, beef, shrimp, vegetables or even tofu; momos serve a long-standing culinary history of the Tibetans entering India in the 1960s to flee China’s invasion.
With the Tibetans’ entry and the 14th and current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the “momo eaters” settled in several parts of the country, including Ladakh, Darjeeling, Dharamshala, Sikkim and Delhi.
Momos got popular in Nepal coz of sharing borders with Tibet, now occupied by China. Nepalese traders that went to trade on the tough plateau of Tibet ate steamed dumplings, later recreated as momo.
Food is a part of the environment, and to judge a place or cancel its food that developed from the influence of its environment is not intelligent. Packing meat in a soft dough and steaming it was the healthiest and drama-free.
India’s love for food stems from its multicultural cuisine, which is not sans what its guests love to eat. Tibetans eating momos as the main meal is no different than rolling up roti with vegetables or meat.
The problem is how fast food centers in India make momo using monosodium glutamate (MSG), which triggers obesity and other health issues. Should this be the reason to cancel a community’s comfort food?
The same momos are a delicacy in other versions; China’s Baozi and Jiaozi, Japan’s Gyoza, Italy’s Ravioli, Korea’s Mandu, or India’s Modak dumplings are the same.
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