Many of the best things in life comes wrapped. Chocolate and birthday gifts are examples. And as for momos, though you may not want to gift them on somebody’s birthday- no matter how tasty they are, some momo varieties are also some of the best delicacies you can savour. Especially if they are made as well as the places listed here do. So, here are 19 must-try momos in Chennai and where you can find them.
1. The Chosen Momo – Love Peace Karma
The Chosen Momo. That’s a name that’s bound to pique curiosity. So, what happens when you follow the lead of your curiosity and munch on one? Well, to begin with, you get this overwhelming urge to keep doing what you’re doing at that moment.
Location: 20B, Khadar Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai
2. Chilli Corn Wontons – VeganeR
This may not appeal to hard core non-vegs but for Vegans, this is practically heaven-sent. Healthy, tasty and ..well, no animals were hurt in the process of making them!
Location: AH 2&4, 4th Avenue, Shanthi Colony Main Road, Anna Nagar East, Chennai
3. Fried Vegetable Wontons – The Chinese Story
Decisively crunchy, these deep-fired wontons are a treat that you can munch to alleviate whatever blues have been taking the sheen out of your day.
Location: Plot 4 Mount Poonamalee High Road, Ramapuram, Chennai
4. Steamed Pork Momos – North East Kitchen
Pork falls into that category of things which you either hate or love. But when you love it, you love it with all your heart-and tummy, of course. And the sweet momos from North East Kitchen that’s flavoured with pork is a romantic interlude you cannot miss.
Location: 24, Wellingdon Estate, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai
5. Prawn Kothe – China Town
Kothe refers to a type of pan fried momos and one of the best places to try them is China Town. And yes, they have prawn kothe which takes the savouriness of kothe to all new heights.
Location: 3rd Floor, 74, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai
6. Spinach and Corn Dumplings – Flower Drum
Green is the colour of her eyes..that’s a line from a love song. The green in her eyes may be more ethereal and life-affirming than many a food item(at least, most of the times) but this all-green momo at the Flower Drum-one of the finest Chinese restaurants in the city is rather cool in its own way.
Location: 46, 2nd Floor, Prince Plaza, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai
7. Stir-fried Chicken Dumplings – Momo Restaurant
That’s right- steamed momos which are then stir-fried, entirely for your eating pleasure. Quite a stirring experience, as someone with a poor sense of joke would say. But, not us. We say it’s great. Yup, that’s what we say.
Location: 08/3, Semmencheri, Next To St. Joseph’s College, Sholinganallur, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Chennai
8. Basil Flavoured Chicken Dumplings – Mainland China Asia Kitchen
Basil. If you thought that something with such an innocent-sounding name couldn’t excite your tastetbuds, you can try these dumplings for a rethink. The herb flavour is an element meant exclusively to make your eyebrows raise pleasantly.
Location: The Spring Hotel, Kodambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai
9. Chicken Momos – Wangs Kitchen
Though momos originated in the Tibetan region, chicken momos aren’t exactly rare in the city of Chennai. So, what makes the ones that you can get in one of the Wangs Kitchen outlets special? The fact that they have a texture that’s soft yet sturdy enough- a fine balance that’s lacking elsewhere.
Location: Multiple locations across Chennai city
10. Roasted Chicken Momos – Gold Dragon
It’s addictive but it’s legal. It’s got a bold taste but it’s chicken. Savour this discrepancy-riddled delicacy at the Gold Dragon.
Location: Taj Coromandel, 37, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai
11. Chicken Fried Wontons – 10 Downing Street
If you like chicken fried wontons, good for you. If you like them with a cold beer, go straight to 10 Downing Street-known as 10D and have your fill.
Location: Kences Inn Boutique Hotel, 50, North Boag Road, T. Nagar, Chennai
12. Crispy Fried Wontons – Kaidi Kitchen
If it’s veg that you crave, these crispy fried wontons are a great bet. With a few dollops of chilli sauce, they are a treat.
Location: 20/3, Bishop Wallers Avenue, Mylapore, Chennai
13. Tibetan Chicken Momos – Spoonbill
Spoonbill is known for serving delicious street food from around the world. And the Tibetan chicken momos are a prime example of how good they are at it.
Location: 239/107, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai
14. Veg Fried Wontons – Olive and Basil
Olive and Basil is a small restaurant in Adyar but their wantons deliver some big-time taste kick nonetheless.
Location: 26, Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai
15. Whole Prawn Dim Sum – The Cascade
Every bite that you take sends a spurt of juicy prawns that will have your tastebuds begging for more. It’s just about perfect to munch on and indulge in some serious talks about nothing in particular.
Location: 1632, Platinum Tower, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai
16. Fish Fried Momos – WoW Momo
These are momos the kind of which are hard to come by. So, when you’re in the Phoenix mall, drop in at WoW Momo and indulge in this rarity.
Location: Food Court, 3rd Floor, Phoenix Market City, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai
17. Cantonese Chicken Dim Sum – Noodle Bar
There’s something about the flavour of these momos which set them apart from the rest. Just try it and you’ll know what it’s like.
Location: 2nd Floor, Phoenix Market City, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai
18. Curried Vegetable Wontons – Illusions: The Madras Pub
The curried vegetable wontons are but the tip of the iceberg of what makes Illusions worthy of a visit. They have a pretty wide array of delicacies as well as drinks. In other words, the fun you can have here is no illusion.
Location: 105, 1st Floor, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai
19.The momos at Kailash Kitchen
Being a small place, it’s awful hard to find an empty seat at Kailash Kitchen even at the best of times. But you can bet it’s not just the limited size that makes the place fill so fast. The place, which opens at 12:30 PM every day has an impressive menu-their Tibetan dishes being the most favourite. Of course, you can count some wonderfully steamed momos among them.
Location: 2/247, Perinbavilas Complex, Opposite Chitra Apartments, Choolaimedu, Chennai
Now that you know of these wonderful momos in Chennai, it’s time to unwrap some delicious fun!
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