The Craze for Chowmein In Nepal
When you think of Nepali fast food, Chow Mein is one of the dishes that would come to your mind. Originally from China, Chow Mein is considered one of the most popular dishes in Nepal after MoMos, of course. For those who don’t know, ‘Chow’ means stir-fried, and ‘Mein’ means noodle in Chinese.
Since it arrived in Nepal, chow mein has gained utmost popularity, and now it has become an inseparable part of Nepali food culture. Chow mein is a beloved fast food for lunch or dinner enjoyed by people of every age group. From the plains to the mountains, chow mein is found in every corner restaurant and food stalls all over Nepal.
Though the origin of chow mein in Nepal is unclear, there are a few assumptions and stories on how and when chow mein came to Nepal. It is believed that chow mein was introduced by Tibetan people during the ancient trading period. The tradition of eating momos and chow mein in major cities like Kathmandu valley came during the hundreds-year-old trading relationship between Tibet and Kathmandu.
Why do Nepalese people like chow mein, you ask?
The answer is it’s a well-perfected dish that fits the Nepali zest. We Nepali yearn for chow mein as its sweet and tangy taste satisfies our belly as well as our heart. The other reason for the popularity of chow mein is it doesn’t take long to cook, and it’s cheap, making it an accessible food item for everyone.
If you wonder what makes chow mein a beloved fast-food item in Nepal, we add the Nepalipan to the typical Chinese chow mein. Traditionally, chow mein is made with egg noodles and veggies in China, but the Nepali version of chow mein has been heavily influenced by Nepalese culture and cuisines. It is prepared with spices and herbs, adding a unique flavor that perfectly fits the Nepali palate. The Newari people of Kathmandu valley added their twist to chow mein by throwing in water buffalo meat, also known as buff, which is a staple ingredient in Newari cuisines.
Chow mein in Nepal is mainly cooked with onion and tons of vegetables and diced meat, but the sweet and savory sauce is what gives Nepali chow mein its signature flavor. It is prepared by pan-frying the noodles until they get crisp, then noodles get tossed in vegetables and sauce giving it a soft and chewy texture. Diced chicken or buff is added according to preferences. The typical menu in Nepali restaurants has three options of chow mein, i.e., buff, chicken, and veg. If you come to Nepal, make sure to try chow mein from a local restaurant.
Since nothing satisfies Nepali taste buds like local chow mein, The Chowk has been serving the taste of local Nepali chow mein to your doorsteps. This fusion dish has been one of the most loved food items here at Hobart. If you miss the feel of home, make sure to visit The Chowk and try our authentic Nepali cuisines.