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.
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Invite Chef Dorjee to your home or event space for private catering in the Washington DC area, and experience an intimate group dinner with courses of vegetable dishes and heaps of steaming momos, custom crafted cocktails, and tea service with desserts. Fill out this home dinner form below to get started creating a memorable and delicious dinner party!
Always wanted to know how to make juicy and savory dumplings yourself? Book a cooking class at our Union Kitchen - Ivy City location with your friends or colleagues and learn how to create different shapes and 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 of pickles and dipping sauces, and a recipe reminder guide.