Cover Here are the best places to get momo dumplings in Hong Kong (Photo: Courtesy of Momoz)

Get your momo dumplings fix at these momo spots in Hong Kong whether you like it fried, steamed or even in a soup

Dumplings come in a lot of different varieties: Japanese gyoza, Korean mandu, Chinese jiaozi, Turkish manti and while are all equally delicious, we can't help but feel a certain likening to momo dumplings. This comfort food can either be served fried or steamed and boasts various combinations for its filling whether it's chicken, lamb or vegetables.

With Nepali cuisine relatively under the radar in Hong Kong's dining scene, we wanted to highlight this classic favourite that you might be missing out on. Thanks to the vibrant Nepali community in Hong Kong, there's no shortage of momo hotspots to get your taste of it. From homemade ones to innovative offerings, we break down the best momo spots in town.

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Tell Camellia

Tell Camellia is a tea-inspired cocktail bar in Central so it's no surprise that they want to communicate the story of the world of tea by blending it together with cocktails through modern experimental techniques. The name comes from Camellia Sinesis, the bush plant of tea. Co-founded by Sandeep Hathiramani, a Hong Kong native and acclaimed bar specialist and Gagan Gurung and award-winning bartender, Tell Camellia has only one dish on the menu: momo.

The rest of the menu is filled with drinks of various kinds. For their lone dish, Tell Camellia partnered up with Momo House, a virtual brand launched by the co-founders themselves. Due to high demand, Momo House is not only offering pick-up at Tell Camellia but order via Deliveroo is now available. The buffalo momo is all the rage here.

Tell Camellia, LG, H Code, 35 Pottinger Street, 48 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9821 5501, tellcamellia.com

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Manakamana Nepali Restaurant

Manakamana Nepali Restaurant is named after a Hindu temple in the Himalayas and while the restaurant is well-loved for the curry, the set menu offers a range of Nepali food. One that you can't miss at this family-run restaurant is definitely the momo stuffed with chicken or vegetables, which you can get either fried or steamed. We promise you'll end up craving a second round.

Manakamana Nepali Restaurant, G/F, 107 Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2385 2070, facebook.com/manakamanahk

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Momoz

Momoz is the latest addition to the momo and roll culture in Hong Kong's dining scene. Boasting a chic environment, this casual restaurant interprets traditional momos and rolls in a contemporary style by integrating innovative elements inspired by different cuisines. You'll be spoiled for choice at the wide selection here whether it's the classic chicken momo, the katsu chicken curry fried momo, the kimchi momo or the Hainanese chicken momo.

Other than incorporating global flavours, each momo is made in house with fresh ingredients and delicate craftsmanship. All of the spices are forced from Nepal and each sauce is tailor-made to pair with each type of momo. They are also highly Instagrammable, some of which are in various colours although no artificial colouring is added. The one-bite size also makes the momo melt in your mouth in one go.

Momoz, Shop No.3, G/F, Lee Wai Commercial Building, 1&3 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3752 2670

6 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2898 3129

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Momo N Curry

Momo N Curry is described as a hidden gem in Sai Ying Pun but don't let the unassuming location stop you from going. From its name, you can pretty much tell that the blockbuster dishes here are momo and curry. If you're trying Nepali food for the first time, the classic steamed chicken momo is never going to disappoint. The thick and doughy dumplings but soft chicken meat inside is a perfect blend at every bite.

Momo N Curry, G/F, Kenbo Commercial Building, 335–339 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

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The Envoy

Helmed by the creators of Draft Land, Quinary and Room 209, The Envoy offers a quiet retreat from the chaos of Central, boasting an outdoor terrace and elegant nooks complete with slick interiors. Of course, the food and drinks are also not to be missed from tea-inspired cocktails to its expansive menu.

While The Envoy has plenty to offer, the steamed momo is an immediate standout, particularly among the mix of Hong Kong, Indian and Malaysian offerings. There are only two options from the a la carte menu, vegetarian and Iberico pork but regardless of what you choose, both are great and served with spiced tomato sauce. 

The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2169 3311, theenvoy.hk

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Nepal Restaurant & Bar

Nepal Restaurant has been in Hong Kong since 1995 and with 25 years of experience serving Nepali food, you know you're in good hands. Comfort and spice is the star here—feeling like you're munching on homemade food even if you've rarely eaten Nepali food, just because each dish is made with extra TLC. This long-standing restaurant has a lot of food to offer from starters, soup, salad and even chicken, lamb or vegetable specialities.

Their ultimate starter is the momo, made fresh and you can choose if you either want lamb, chicken or vegetable toppings or if you want it steamed or deep-fried. The momo is also a great option for vegans so are other offerings such as the potato pancake and fried eggplant.

Nepal Restaurant & Bar, G/F, 14 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 6212, nepalrestaurant.com.hk

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Himalaya Restaurant

Himalaya Restaurant brings in varied culinary delights of Nepali and Indian cuisine, emphasising the use of vegetables, pulses, rice, grains spices and herbs. If you haven't tried Nepali and Indian cuisine, dining at Himalaya Restaurant is a good start as their dishes provide you with a glimpse of the inherited culture and tradition via the flavour and taste.

With a variety of dishes to offer, we doubt you can easily take your pick. But as the name on the menu suggests, the Himalaya Special is undoubtedly the momo. Those with a big appetite can opt for the weekend buffets instead to get a mix of everything.

Himalaya Restaurant, 1/F, 22–30 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2527 5899, himalayarstaurant.com.hk

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Momo Rush

Nothing sounds better than homemade momo and Instagram-ran shop, Momo Rush is among the crowd favourite. This shop started out with the mission to let Hongkongers try homemade momo but has seen championed ensuring their offering is homemade by making the wraps themselves.

The food is only available for pick-up at the weekends at certain MTR stations to ensure the quality and that it's really fresh when it gets to you. If you want something else to go with your momo, they also have other Nepali snacks on the menu.

Momo Rush, instagram.com/momo.rushh

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Eat Momo Box

Another momo Instagram shop to put on your radar is Eat Momo Box which serves all-natural, handmade and truly authentic momo. Those who want to try a variety of different momo should order from here because their 24 or 32 momo plater is a sure winner and affordable too.

For the 24 momo platter, you can get eight pieces of steamed, pan-fried and deep-fried momo as well as momo chutney (sauce) box. Meanwhile, the 32 momo platter has the same variety in addition to eight more pieces of seasoning deep fried momo. The shop only accepts pre-orders with pick-up available at MTR stations.

Eat Momo Box, instagram.com/eatmomobox

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KTM Bar and Kitchen

If you're looking to dine somewhere with more of a neighbourhood vibe, KTM Bar and Kitchen is the place to be. Located in Kennedy Town, you get to enjoy a range of Nepali and Indian dishes. It's also a great place to unwind with a drink at hand after work hours as it turns into a lounge at night. The menu has a variety, from curries, tandoori bread, rice and biryani to momo, which is the dish that people kept coming back for.

And in case you're unsure what to order, the staff are always ready to help out if you get lost in translation.

KTM Bar and Kitchen, 71 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2817 3889

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Ex-Gorkha Restaurant and Bar

This Nepali restaurant Jordan is well-loved by locals and tourists alike. Ex-Gorkha Restaurant and Bar has been praised for its friendly staff, great food, service, affordable price and an ideal hangout spot to enjoy a chat with friends. The restaurant name refers to the Gurkhas (or Gorkhas), soldiers native to South Asia of Nepali nationality that were recruited for the British Army with most of the Nepali residing in Hong Kong being descendants of Gurkha soldiers.

The momo offering at the restaurant is mostly what you would expect, three varieties of chicken and pork—available steamed, fried or with chilli. Don't let this stop you though, the classic choice feels like comfort food.

Ex-Gorkha Restaurant and Bar, Shop 5, G/F, Kings Court, 65–75 Wai Ching Street, Jordan, Hong Kong< =852 3952 5247, exgorkharestaurantbar.business.site

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Momo

It's not the easiest place to get to especially when you don't live that far out in the city but Momo is worth the journey for its affordable price—all below HK$50 for 10 pieces of mouth-watering homemade momo.

You can get them in a variety of cooking styles whether it's steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried and sweet and sour. You can even get it served in a soup with noodles when you don't want it too dry or if the sauce is too spicy for your tastebuds. We know you'll thank us later.

Momo, Shop D150, 1/F, Kingswood Richly Plaza, 1 Tin Wu Road, Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong, +852 6108 1283

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