Born to a nomad family in eastern Tibet, Dorjee and his family would pack up their belongings and black wool tents every season to move to new pastures for their sheep and yaks. Dorjee grew up watching his mother and sisters cook over a cob stove. He became a Buddhist monk at age 6 and worked in monasteries for 16 years, where he learned how to prepare large amounts of food very quickly.
In 2006, Dorjee walked across the Himalayas for 1 month and 18 days, becoming a refugee in India. After training at a French bakery in northern India, Dorjee moved to Washington DC to pursue his dream of introducing more people to the unique flavors and heartfelt preparation of Tibetan nomad food. Now Dorjee brings his loving attention and finely honed skills to every dish he makes at his own business, Dorjee Momo.
Amberjade is the Director of Operations and handles vendors and supply chain, events, marketing, and media. Her background is in human rights advocacy, civil society capacity building, and communications.
Advocating for the removal of mines from Laos. Running a tight line in a tight kitchen.
Canadian canoe racer. Dumpling shot queen.
Master of details. Never not hustlin'.
Southern hospitality. Guest services jugaad.
Egyptian LGBTQ activist seeking asylum. Curry connosieur.
Brother in arms. BFF at the bar.
NASA Engineer by day. Momo fanatic by night.
Palawan-born. DC braised.
We operate out of our Union Kitchen - Ivy City production kitchen, and pop up in various locations around Washington DC. Currently we are located inside Shop Made In DC (1333 19th St NW) in Dupont Circle, above Buffalo Billiards. Shop Made In DC supports over 40 DC-based artists and retail makers and hosts rotating food concepts in their cafe. We serve a rotating Himalayan menu from noon to 6pm on weekdays, and lunch from 12-3pm on weekends. Our pop up at Shop Made In DC ends on December 30.
Dorjee Momo team also works large scale events as a food vendor, such as music and art festivals, cultural events, night markets, fundraisers, and social justice related events. We regularly do catering and private home dinners, schedule permitting. We are excited to work with you to create an intimate and delicious event for you and your guests to enjoy. Please contact us below.
Book a cooking class where your friends or colleagues learn how to create different shapes of dumplings and a variety of fillings to suit your tastes. Cooking classes are a fun hands-on activity for small groups, and all ingredients are prepped and provided. Participants get take-home samples and a recipe reminder guide.
We are launching a new longterm project in early 2018 - more details to be released soon!