You can get Indian food at the pleasantly appointed Himalayan Restaurant, but why do that when you can sample the much rarer (at least in Chicago) Nepalese offerings? Momo, one of Nepals most popular dishes, are the natural offspring of nearby India and China, tiny dim sum-like grenades exploding with ginger and coriander, complemented with a laid-back tomato-garlic dip. The masala chicken wings fly, giving new meaning to what is usually low-rent bar-food; these charbroiled tidbits, served steaming on a sizzling platter of herbed white onions, pack big-time flavor all out of proportion to their size. The Chinese influence shows up again in aloo tama bodi, a potato stew with bamboo shoots and black-eyed peas--our server told us this was festival food in his hometown; it was crunchy, rich, and piquant. Another dish in "village style" is ko masu, with lightly stewed chicken or goat--the typically mild Nepalese seasonings set the deep tang of the meat in relief. There are a number of premium Indian beers (though none from Nepal--"too far away," explained our server); we went with the somewhat Anglo-sounding Golden Eagle and found that its hoppiness well complemented the Nepalese seasonings.
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