This family is putting a vegan twist on Nepalese food.
Pop-up Vegan Mirchi serves momos, a Nepalese version of a dumpling. They are traditionally filled with chicken and goat meat, but Vegan Mirchi fills its momos with mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, onions, soybeans, scallions, cilantro, ginger, and garlic.
“For someone who has never tried Nepalese food, it’s just this mixture of a little spicy, a little tangy, somewhere in between, a little sweetness, so just like a vortex of all the flavors coming together,” Vegan Mirchi’s founder Sweta Sharma explained.
All the food at Vegan Mirchi is served in sustainable bowls made with leaves from Nepal. Roti wraps are also on the menu, filled with green peas, mushrooms, potatoes, cilantro, corn, scallions, and carrots. Both the momos and roti are paired with a special sauce made with tomatoes, lemons, avocados, sesame seeds, green chilli, and Nepalese spices.
They also make a dessert called Cacao Ladoo, made with cacao powder, almonds, nut butter, dates, and coconut oil.
Sharma says Nepalese cuisine uses a lot of veggies, but isn’t really vegan at all.
“I’ve been vegan for two years, my husband’s been vegan for two years and we are just trying to bring our culture more to the vegan community,” she explained.