02/06/17 11:42pm

Lhasa Liang Fen’s Magnificent Mini Momo

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The spiciest baby momo in Thai Town!

The name of this newish Tibetan spot in the heart of Elmhurst’s Little Bangkok pays tribute to a cool mung bean jelly that’s more commonly known as laphing in Tibet. One of the best things on the 15-item menu, however is the spicy dumpling ($5.99). The chef-owner can call them dumplings, but I prefer to think of them as mini momos.

Each mini momo’s no bigger than a golf ball, and is filled with pork and chives. A generous portion sits in a lake of chili oil and is riddled with peanuts, sesame seeds, and green onions. Truth be told they are chewier and less juicy than momo but quite delicious.

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Yellow liang fen features blocks of gluten.

In case you’re wondering, the liang fen that gives the tiny restaurant its name is quite lovely. It comes in two varieties: the whitish Lhasa liang fen ($3.95) and and yellow liang fen ($4.95). Of the two I prefer the yellow version, which is made from yellow beans and features spongy blocks of gluten.

Lhasa Liang Fen, 81-15 Broadway, Elmhurst, 646-684-7208

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