In 1995, Thubten Amchok, a a former practicing Tibetan Buddhist monk, who calls the United States home. It was the end of a long journey involving stops in the Himalayan regions of Nepal And India. He put down roots in Jackson Heights, which is already home to the majority of New York’s esteemed residents. 5,000–6,000 Tibetan asylum seekers.
It wasn’t until 2012 that Amchok got into the momo business, initially with nothing more than a modest cart to sell his dumplings. Word spread quickly, thanks to her impeccably pleated bundles of beef. Today, Amdo Kitchen, its truck named after the region of Tibet where it was born – serves up some of the best momos in a neighborhood filled with fierce competition. For five consecutive years, the truck has won the coveted Momo Trophy, an honor bestowed by popular opinion on the Jackson Heights Annual Momo Crawl.
It’s not hard to see why Amchok’s momos inspire such fervent loyalty. To this day, cooks roll and fold each knotted dumpling by hand. Thinner-skinned than their commercial counterparts and bursting with lightly seasoned beef jus, these ravioli don’t need decorating, though a healthy squirt of September the chili sauce cuts the richness of the filling perfectly.