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It’s kind of like Trick-or-Treat for adults.

Momo Crawl 2016 will take place throughout Jackson Heights on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2  to 5 p.m. Nobody will go home hungry.

Confused? A momo is a steamed dough bun that can be wrapped around chicken, cheese, potatoes, vegetables, and most commonly, yak. It goes well with sauces that feature chili, garlic, ginger, onions, and chutney. Earliest recipes come from the nomadic Newar tribe in the ancient Kathmandu Valley, but this delicacy has become a popular fast food throughout Asia over the past few decades.

Due to a recent influx of Tibetan and Nepalese immigrants, Jackson Heights now has more than 20 vendors that sell momos from restaurants, carts, and trucks. All are enrolled this year, and participants in this fifth annual crawl will set out to try them all…and then they will vote on the best one.

The eaters will gather at Diversity Plaza at 37th Road and 73rd Street at 2 p.m. They will buy this year’s Momo Map for $5 and then stroll at their leisure to the sites, which are all within a half-mile radius of Roosevelt Avenue and 74th Street. (The eateries will charge $1 per dumpling.)

At about 5 p.m., crawlers will roll back to Diversity Plaza for a party with momo-inspired hairdos from Sangay Salon, henna art from SamArt – Contour, temporary and permanent tattoos from Mohans Tattoo Inn, leaf plates from Leaves Plates Initiative, and picture booths. DJ Jangbu Sherpa will provide music, while Mimang Lhakar Nynj, Tedd Kyap, and Students for a Free Tibet – NY/NJ will present a program.

Then the well-fed foodies will cast ballots to determine the winner of the coveted Momo Trophy (see bottom photo at far right). The group will then march to the winner’s venue to present the award.

Editor’s note: Past trophy holders include Amdo Kitchen (2015), Lhasa Fast Food aka Tibetan Mobile (2014), and Phayul Restaurant (2013).

Photos courtesy of Jeff Orlick


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