Little balls of dough stuffed with any filling you can think of. Perfect. Here's our favourites...
The Momo Bar @ The Little Yeti
A fantastic little Nepalese eatery on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton, the menu is simple but everything on it is bloody gorgeous – especially their range of ‘Momo’ – which is the kind of dumpling that you find in Nepal, Tibet and bits of Northern India – up Darjeeling way. Little Yet’s ‘Momo Bar’ offers you the chance to have a range of fillings, steam them, fry them and add an impressive range of added extras. For the ultimate momo experience you should go for Pork/Fried/Dumpling Vinegar & Dumpling Sauce. Yummy.
The Little Yeti, 495 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AG
Duck, Cherry and Sour Plum @ Cottonopolis
Champions of Dim Sum, Cottonopolis pride themselves on their Gyoza, each one coming stuffed to brimming with a filling containing that signature Cottonopolis ‘twist’. Fans of prawns will love their Tiger Prawn & Pork ones, vegetarians can tuck into their Pickled Mushroom, Charred Onion and Chive ones but by far the best (i.e. my favourite) are the pan-fried Duck, Cherry and Sour Plum ones – they’re truly wonderful. You can also now eat LOADS of them every Sunday with their brilliant Yum Cha offer.
Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
Pork & Prawn @ Oh Mei Dumpling
Winner of the MFDF Best Street Food Trader in 2020, Oh Mei Dumpling is surely the city’s leading authority when it comes to food wrapped around little bits of dough. All of the dumplings are handmade, served with Asian slaw and dipping sauces but it’s all about the sublime fillings; with the classic Pork & Prawn always present alongside ever-changing options such as Spicy Beef, Fried Tofu and plenty more. Check their social channels for where they’ll be next.
Beef Momo’s @ The Tibetan Kitchen
The areas around Tibet and Nepal are notorious for their harsh weather – a condition of being so high up in the sky that it’s a daily struggle just to bloody breathe. Well, to keep warm the people in the Himalayas tuck into MOMO’s – a thicker, sturdier and stodgier version of the traditional Chinese dumpling. They usually contain Yak over there but the one’s at Tibetan Kitchen in Chorlton have replaced it with a choice of beef or vegetables. Yum!
The Tibetan Kitchen, 254 Upper Chorlton Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0BN
Wagyu Dumpling @ Tattu
At the forefront of high-end Chinese cuisine in the city, Tattu of course offer some brilliant dumplings on their menu, perfect alongside some of their larger dishes and cocktails sat underneath the cherry blossom tree. Don’t worry too much about choosing the best ones to eat – it’s easy – the Wagyu Dumpling with kimchi and spring onions. They are THE BEST. Bar none.
Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EB