The Ancient One’s Tibetan Momo Recipe

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The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and MoreOn his journey to Tibet, where he hopes to find a miracle cure, Steven Strange encounters the Ancient One, a man with unusual powers. After a difficult initiation process, Strange realizes his past mistakes and that he now, too, has certain powers. When undergoing trials of sorcery, there’s nothing quite like this traditional Tibetan dish taken with your mystical master!

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 Minutes


The pastry
  • 2 oz flour + extra for work
  • surface
  • 1 tsp salt
The filling
  • 5½ oz Chinese cabbage
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 shallot
  • 3 sprigs cilantro
  • 14 oz ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp ginger
  • Salt and pepper
How to Make It
  1. Take your place in the kitchen of the Ancient One and find a bowl. Pour 10 fl oz (1¼ cups) of water and the salt into it.
  2. Using your new powers (or a whisk), swirl the water and gradually mix in the flour. Knead the dough for 5 minutes and let it rest, covered with plastic wrap, for 20 minutes.
  3. Shred the Chinese cabbage with a saber or a sharp knife. Peel and chop the garlic after removing the sprout from the middle. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Wash and chop the cilantro leaves.
  4. Mix the ground beef with the rest of the filling ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper according to your mystical tastes.
  5. Shape the dough into small balls.
  6. Roll out the dough flat on a floured surface and cut out 4 circles with a cookie cutter. Place a little filling in the middle of each circle and fold the edges over to close it up. Lightly moisten the edges with your finger to make them easier to seal.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes in a steamer or in a pot on a rack that sits above the surface of the water. Serve immediately.

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