Dimsum, dumplings, momos – oh my! What’s the difference?


Dimsum, dumplings, momos – oh my! What’s the difference?

With alternatives to the street food snack as a result of cultural origins, ingredients and cooking methods, it can be confusing to understand the difference between dumplings, dim sum and momos. We know they all taste amazing, but what truly separates them?

What are dim sum?

Dimsum are considered as a Cantonese-style of street food, prepared in small bite-size portions. In China, eating dimsum can also be regarded as ‘drinking tea’. This is due to the tasty snack being served with a cup or pot of tea when eaten, traditionally. 

Dim sums are often regarded as the dumpling’s ‘fine dining alternative’ because of their presentation. You will often find the outer layer of a dim sum to be completely transparent, showing off its finely diced fillings. This makes the experience of eating dim sum a visually-appealing and mouth-watering event!

What are dumplings?

Dumplings are part of popular Asian cuisine and can be prepared in a variety of ways including; savoury or sweet, fried, steamed or boiled. Dumplings are made from just three ingredients including flour, water and salt, and can be eaten without any filling! Like dim sum, dumplings can be enjoyed as a fulfilling snack or side dish to your meal. 

What are momos? 

Momos are considered as the Tibetan alternative to dim sum. Momos are made with similar ingredients to dumplings, steamed, and stuffed with a savoury filling before being enjoyed in a casual setting. Traditionally, momos were made with lamb or yak meat, however, with recent adaptations, you can now find momos with various meat and vegetable fillings. Momos are also often served with a spicy dipping sauce to complete the tasty snack!

What makes MoMoMos different?

MoMoMos are mo’ than a momo! We have created an innovative take on the versatile dumplings with the aim to transform momos from a snack to a fulfilling meal. 

MoMoMos are served with broths, sauces and your choice of topping including crisped onions, shallots, garlic and coriander. Making for the perfect fast or casual lunchtime meal, MoMoMo is a great option whilst you are on the move.

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