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Nepalese dishes at Tandoori Express - Deptford - London

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JFores Jul 2, 2012 10:27 AM

Tandoori Express has existed as Deptford's primary bog standard curry house for years and I had always thought that this was all that it was. A nearby restaurant (now closed) used to have a Nepalese menu posted in the window, but I never gave it a shot as the prices were quite high and the place was always empty.

The Nepalese chef from there has now moved to Tandoori Express and the kitchen is capable of knocking out both momo and bhutan set. The former are Nepal and Tibet's stereotypical dumpling; resembling baozi and steamed with flavorful stew like fillings. The ones here are by far the smallest I've ever seen, but the chicken curry filling is excellent. Similarly the accompanying Nepalese chili sauce is homemade. In terms of flavor and price, these momo are actually on par with all but one or two of Jackson Heights' numerous momo serving establishments. The actual style of the filling is more Nepalese given the presence of strong spices, but the wrappers are remarkably baozi like. This surprised me as a lot of Nepalese momo I've had are more half moon shaped whereas the Tibetan versions are more bao-like. The wrappers themselves seem overly thin and pre-made with some ripping in cooking or transit from steamer to container, but the actual folds on the dumpling are quite intricate even for momo.

Read more about those here if you're interested:

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/0...

Everything is 3 to 4 pounds and I haven't tried the Bhutan set yet (which is a tripe stew btw.) I inquired about other possible dishes including Nepalese pizza (qeema bara for the meaty version) and the chef perked up immediately. They tried doing qeema bara only a few weeks ago and they want to do it more regularly. All in all great momo and visitors should stay on the look out for more Nepalese dishes. The chef was very responsive so it would help to encourage him.

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    klyeoh RE: JFores Jul 4, 2012 07:20 PM

    Sounds intriguing - thanks for the heads-up once again, JFores. Do Nepali eateries in London offer the "gundruk" soup?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundruk

    Most Gurkha-run restaurants here in Singapore offered them, and I found the taste/aroma intoxicating & pretty addictive.

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      JFores RE: klyeoh Jul 5, 2012 03:44 AM

      I doubt this place would be able to do it, but it's also the first Nepalese food I've had in the UK. It looks interesting though and I'll keep on the lookout for it elsewhere.

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        Harters RE: klyeoh Jul 5, 2012 04:05 AM

        Wouldnt know about London, but the two Ghurkha/Nepalese restaurants near me in South Manchester don't have it on their menu.

        That said, Google turns up a mention that there's a company exporting gundruk to the UK so there must be demand somewhere

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          JFores RE: klyeoh Jul 5, 2012 07:52 AM

          I have a few Nepalese restaurants in my notepad that I haven't eaten at if you'd like the names of them to check yourself. I doubt I'm going to have a chance to make it over to them anytime soon. Are you back in Singapore?

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            klyeoh RE: JFores Jul 5, 2012 08:03 AM

            In KL at the moment, but will be back home in Singapore next week. I'll probably be in London only *after* the Olympics - will hope to check out all the new eating spots then.

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