For a unique exploration into the Himalayan cuisine of Nepal, Tibet and India, there is no need to step foot on an airplane. Simply hop on the 7, E, F, G or R train and get off in Jackson Heights, in the NYC borough of Queens. You can even taste Yak!!!
The menu is is extensive, almost to the point of being overwhelming. There are such a large variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices from these three countries. If organ meats are to your liking, you will have many choices, especially in the Tibetan section of the menu – everything from liver to tongue!!!
In the Nepali section of the menu, the choices are similar to South Indian cuisines, however the flavor is different. The food is spicier than Indian food (at least that available at most NYC restaurants), well seasoned and very herby – with lots of cilantro. Cilantro (aka coriander) is one of those herbs most people either LOVE IT or HATE IT. If you are one of those that hate it, you will not be having any fun at Himalayan Yak.
The condiments served with the food (a la Indian chutneys) are an avocado/coriander, bean and sesame. The sesame is explosively spicy hot, but just as explosively seasoned and delicious.
Now, on to the Yak Dumplings – well seasoned with spices and herbs, most notably – the coriander again. It taste most resembles lamb. If no one told you it was yak, you would never know.
|Yak Dumpling Sauces|