Momos, Sekuma and Tibetan Butter Tea – a very first introduction to Tibetan cuisine, all thanks to the Tibet Kitchen for having me! Tibetan cuisine has reflected the influences of its surrounding neighbours (i.e: India and Nepal where many Tibetans reside) and they are well known for their use of noodles, goat, yak, mutton, dumplings and yogurt. I was extremely excited to discover the Tibet Kitchen because I was never able to find a Tibetan restaurant so conveniently near downtown!
I made my visit during dinner time, and the inside was a nice, cozy atmosphere. Tables were set to serve their guests and in the restaurant you can find some Tibetan art to add to the authenticity of the restaurant. My partner and I were personally greeted by Gareb, the owner of the restaurant, and he lead us to our brightly lit table. Gareb was excellent with communicating with his customers, you can see the passion that he has with what he serves and he was very kind to educate us on the beauty that is Tibetan cuisine. We made our choices promptly and awaited to be served.
I wanted to have the full experience with Tibetan cuisine, so we ordered some traditional drinks, namely the Tibetan Butter Tea and a classic Americano. I was really fascinated by the Tibetan Butter Tea – it was a tea infused with butter and milk. My first sip of the Tibetan Butter Tea gave me a sense of bitterness, but also the tang of sweetness that made the drinking experience superb. It reminded me a bit of my partner’s mom’s Indian Chai, which explains the influence from the neighbouring countries! The Americano was also prepared very nicely and was a great way to energize for the feast to come.
Next up to the table were also new dishes to add to my continued interest in the food scene. We had the Chicken Sekuma and Tibetan Blood Sausage. The Sekuma was chicken, which was prepared satay style with onions, tamarind and garnished with parsley leaves. This dish, once again, reminded me similarly of Tandoori Chicken or Chicken Tikka Masala – the texture was very similar and the tastes were also similar which was a delight. The spice level was manageable for me, but the Tibetan Blood Sausage was a bit too spicy for me (I had ordered spicy so my partner could eat!). On his account, the blood sausage was a very interesting dish to have and was packed with spice and flavour.
Prior research had me determined to try out the Mutton Curry that Tibetan cuisine is famous for, and Tibet Kitchen made my dream come true! Their Mutton Curry was definitely one of my favourite choices that night – the mutton was extremely tender and was marinated spectacularly. The curry wasn’t spicy (although if you’re into that, you can also request!) and had a savoury, perfectly salted flavour. This is paired with a bowl of steamed rice, which was a perfect meal for me and my partner. My partner wasn’t too big of a fan of the bones that were in the curry though, but the mutton curry is generally cooked with the bone. If you don’t like bones, perhaps ordering a different curry on the menu would be advisable.
Lastly, we got a chance to try out some delicious Momos, which is a traditional Tibetan dish serving dumplings. More specifically, we dined on the Chat Momo and Jhol Momo. The Chat Momo was advertised as a Spicy Momo, with options to have as Beef, Chicken or Veg filling. Personally the Chat Momo wasn’t that spicy, and actually had a slight kick to add to its wonderful flavour. My favourite Momo was definitely the Jhol though, simply because the yellow sauce served as a sweet and savoury taste and paired nicely with the filling inside. This momo as well can be served with beef, chicken or veg filling.
Overall, Tibet Kitchen truly made me feel that I was transported to Tibet itself – the food was served extremely fresh and had such a great taste. I would definitely recommend this to anyone whose looking to have their first exploration of Tibetan cuisine.
For more information on the Tibet Kitchen, have a look at their website: http://tibetkitchen.ca
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