Shamey mothuk is another in a fine line of superb variations on the momos (dumplings) theme. Shamey means “without meat” and mothuk basically means momos served in soup, so this is a vegetable dumpling soup. Here, we fill the momos with tofu, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy and spinach, and then cook them in a savory broth, for a doubly wonderful flavor. You’ll need time to make these, and we recommend inviting some friends over to fold the momos and cook together. When we are making momos, we turn up the Tibetan music, chat and have a lot of fun. And they taste great!
If you would like to explore and share the wonderfully comforting, unusual flavors of traditional Tibetan food, please see our Tibetan Home Cooking eBook and video series for detailed written recipes and step-by-step videos showing you exactly how to cook almost every classic Tibetan food. This series focuses exclusively on authentic recipes that are commonly cooked in Tibetan homes, and includes the most beloved dishes that have been passed down in Tibetan families for hundreds of years. For momo lovers, Tibetan Home Cooking has easy-to-follow recipes and videos for making steamed momos and/or mothuk, either vegetarian or with beef.
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By Lobsang Wangdu and Yolanda O’Bannon