Full disclosure. I had no idea what a “momo” was, other than some kind of flying lemur from the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender”. Turns out that it is also the word that Nepalese, Tibetans, and Indians use to call dumplings.
“Chinese Mirch” has a restaurant on Lexington Avenue in Midtown, among other places across the US. They also have a roving food truck that made a stop near me recently, which specialized in their handmade momo’s. This bright red and peach colored truck attracted me with its siren call of steamed buns with meat in them, and I had to give them a try.
Few people can claim to be the first of anything in the city that never sleeps, but “Toum” has the distinction of holding one of those titles. Being the very first food truck to offer Lebanese fare through the streets of NYC has garnered it a good amount of attention, as well as earning it a pretty positive reputation. The name comes from a thick sauce found common in that part of the world made with garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice, similar in texture to an aioli.
Their bright and colorful truck greets you with a smiling bulb of garlic, who is ready to sacrifice himself for your tastebuds. Serving meat and vegetarian options, I decided to indulge my inner T-rex and go Shawarma!