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Fill Your Belly With $1 Momo Dumplings at Jackson Heights Crawl

By Katie Honan | November 7, 2014 7:20am
 The third annual Momo Crawl will be held Nov. 22 and visit 18 to 20 different restaurants.
The third annual Momo Crawl will be held Nov. 22 and visit 18 to 20 different restaurants.
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Jeff Orlick

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Big things come in little packages.

A local food guide is hosting his third annual crawl focused on the momo — a dumpling popular in Tibet and Nepal.

The Momo Crawl kicks off Saturday, Nov. 22 under the Jackson Heights Food Court marquee in Diversity Plaza, according to organizer Jeff Orlick, who also hosts tours and co-organized September's Viva La Comida! festival.

Guests can get a hand-drawn map made by Orlick in exchange for three bills of any denomination, which is a Tibetan tradition.

The maps mark off the 18-20 local carts and restaurants offering momos for $1 each, which lets guests try dumplings from as many spots as possible.

Eight momos are usually sold together, in some cases for $5 at food carts.

Orlick said the $1 dumpling tour is a great way to sample the area's wares.

"No change, quick transaction, in and out," he said.

Participants can vote on their favorites at the end of the crawl and the winning restaurant will receive the Golden Momo statue, which last year was given to Phayul on 74th Street.

Restaurants along the crawl will also sponsor different events. At GangJong Kitchen, anyone who can still whistle after eating a momo doused with Chef Tenzing Tsering's spicy sauce will win dinner for two at the restaurant.

And across Roosevelt Avenue, Little Tibet will feature drink specials, momo henna tattoos and a make-your-own momo tutorial.

Orlick hosts the crawls to show his love for "the greatest ambassador to the Tibetan and Nepalese population of NY to the rest of the world, the momo." It runs rain or shine. 

For more information, visit his website.