Manaka­mana Nepali Restau­rant

HK Magazine - - DINING -

Nepalese/In­dian. 165 Tem­ple St., Jor­dan, 2385-2070. Jor­dan is home to a large por­tion of the city’s Nepalese pop­u­la­tion, so nat­u­rally it houses some of its best Nepalese restau­rants, too. This fam­ily-run joint’s lo­ca­tion on Tem­ple Street and late clos­ing time makes it ideal if you need a break from brows­ing the night mar­kets and feel like some­thing other than the dai pai dong just up the street.

HIT Manaka­mana serves up both Nepalese and In­dian dishes, but we stuck to the Nepalese as we don’t eat it all that of­ten. A large va­ri­ety of mo­mos—Nepalese dumplings—are on of­fer and we opted for the plate of fried pork mo­mos ($52), which were large and won­der­fully juicy, deep­fried to an ul­tra-crisp ex­te­rior. We dipped each one into the spicy, gar­licky chili sauce, and when we bit into the crispy skin the mo­mos ex­ploded with pip­ing hot meat juices. Gurkha chicken ($68) fea­tured ten­der meat in a heav­ily spiced, salty dark brown sauce that was al­most like a ren­dang with its con­cen­trated fla­vor. We mopped it up with some home­made gar­lic naan ($20), all washed down with a cou­ple of Nepalese Gorkha Beers ($48).

MISS The dé­cor won’t blow any­one’s minds—there’s an unas­sum­ing ex­te­rior, and on the in­side it’s pretty bare­bones with just a few Nepalese trin­kets on the wall.

But once the food ar­rives, you’ll ig­nore ev­ery­thing and get sucked in to the fa­mil­ial warmth and spices.

BOT­TOM LINE Ditch the Tem­ple Street tourist trap and head straight to Manaka­mana for Nepalese bites at great prices—and fried mo­mos we’ve been dream­ing about ever since.

Open daily noon-1am. $

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