Nepalese dishes at Tandoori Express - Deptford - London
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.
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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.