Street food is a blessing in disguise when you’re starving and want to eat something without burning a hole in your pocket. A common choice is often the momo – a plate full of steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables. Often served with a hot sauce and a light broth, momos are a popular favourite among the daily commuter.
On a quest to find good momos, I landed up at Denzong Kitchen in Bikramgarh one evening. Now, you might judge me for the next bit, but growing up in South Kolkata, I have never been to Denzong before. I have heard tales about their beautiful succulent momos but never really got the chance to taste them. So there I was, inside a semi-lit lane in Bikramgarh, ready to experience that life-altering moment.
As I approached the outlet, I saw the fabled shop in all its glory. As expected, it was crowded, and the tiny seating area was full with the usual college crowd. On the street, people had queued up for takeaways and some were even standing and eating there. The aroma was delectable and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a piping hot plate of momo.
Judgment day – I ordered the chicken steam momo, and it was indeed one of the best I’ve had. The momos were extremely juicy and had a light liquid coming out of it when I took a bite.
Denzong offers a wide array of Tibetian food like thukpas, gyathuk, fhaley, kothey and more along with the usual Chinese dishes. I was initially a little skeptical about the remote location, but ask anyone in Bikramgarh about Denzong and they’ll point you in the right direction. I, for one, can’t wait to go back and try more!