Recipes from Bhutan: MoMo Dumplings

Recipes from Bhutan

MoMo Dumplings

Country: Bhutan
Course: Main
Makes about 4 dozen dumplings

For the dumplings:

  • 1/2 pound ground yak or beef
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 ounce xiaoshing (Chinese wine, found in most Asian grocers)
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, finely minced
  • 1 package round wonton wrappers
  • A few large lettuce or cabbage leaves

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp chili oil


  1. With your hands, thoroughly mix the ground meat with the onion, garlic, xiaoshing, flour, soy sauce and jalapeno.
  2. Lay out a few of the wonton wrappers and spoon a small amount of the filling into the center of each.
  3. Fold the wonton wrapper in two and then pinch the edges to make a tight seal.
  4. Line your steamer basket with the cabbage or lettuce leaves.
  5. Add the dumplings (don't let them overlap) and steam for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, mix the dipping sauce ingredients.
  7. Serve the dumplings hot with the dipping sauce.