Momos of Mussoorie: Part One
This series is dedicated to Meg and Matt Brodie, and Matt’s perpetual love of momos.
On this trip, we stopped at Clocktower and Little Llama. We are hoping to visit a number of other places with momos – but decided, on a walk through the bazaar one day, that these two would be excellent starts.
From Clocktower Cafe, we ordered three different types of momos, all steamed: vegetarian, chicken, and a new “Schezwan Tossed Chicken” momo. We weren’t entirely sure what this was, but decided to give it a try. There is a vegetarian version also on the menu.
The Szechuan tossed arrived first, with the other two following shortly after. The plating, as you can see, is fairly straightforward: the Szechuan have a sauce already poured on them, whereas the veg and chicken are plain and come with the usual dipping sauce (a chili-based concoction). Each plate has 6 momos.
The Szechuan momos were tasty – the fact that they were coated in the sauce necessitated fork usage. The filling was ample, but not particularly juicy or flavourful – most of the flavour came from the sauce.
Which is disappointing – since the Szechuan momos are, as you can see, the exact same as the regular chicken momos. They are not bad by any means – but comparing the Szechuan and the regular momos, there is a definite difference. The ‘plain’ momos allow for a better feel for the filling, and the chopped-up things within it (mostly chicken and onion).
The veg momos were a bit of a surprise. Texture-wise they were a bit rough, but that has to do with the contents: cilantro, carrot, cabbage, a bit of paneer, some onion. None of those blends to a particularly smooth texture, and none of them release a lot of liquid for a juicy momo. They were flavourful, but they were also somewhat dry.
All in all, we would give the Clocktower momos an average of 2.5/5 stars (or thumbs, or momos). Veg momos are ₹110, chicken momos at ₹130, and the ‘Schezwan tossed chicken momos’ are ₹160, per plate. While the sauced ones were an interesting digression from the norm, the main filling is nothing to write home about in any case.
Next up was Little Llama, a fairly new restaurant in the Mussoorie scheme of things. We had gone there previously a number of times and had pizza and momos – but when we went this time, we saw – to our shock – most of their momos had migrated off the menu! There was only chicken to be had… so that is what we ordered.
We much prefer both the presentation of the Little Llama momos (served in the steamer, and if you order multiple sets, they are all nicely tucked in their tiers), the flavour of their chili sauce, and – in general – the flavour. It is a richer flavour, somewhat juicier, and with more flavour. They include not only minced chicken, onion and cilantro, but a few other things we could not quite put a finger on (veggies of some sort – we think carrot and cabbage, minced very finely), making for a substantially more flavourful momo.
Each plate of 6 costs ₹120. When they were available (and perhaps they still are, by request?), vegetarian momos used to cost ₹90. These we woud put at a 4 out of 5.