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TIBET


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TIBET


Born to a nomad family in eastern Tibet, chef 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.

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INDIA


INDIA


In 2006, Dorjee walked across the Himalayas for 1 month and 18 days, becoming a refugee in India.

He left the monastery in pursuit of a secular education, but eventually began working at an international cafe and bakery learning how to make Western food and refining his Tibetan and Chinese cooking skills. He studied English and served as a community liaison and guide for student groups.

View from our home in Amdo Village, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India. 

View from our home in Amdo Village, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India. 

Making dumplings for Losar (Tibetan New Year) with other people from Amdo region, in Dharamsala, India.

Making dumplings for Losar (Tibetan New Year) with other people from Amdo region, in Dharamsala, India.

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WASHINGTON DC


WASHINGTON DC


Dorjee immigrated to the US in 2014 with his wife Amberjade. In DC, Dorjee worked as the lead morning baker for award-winning Bullfrog Bagels, managing full production of thousands of hand-rolled bagels, from flour to final product. Dorjee became a prep cook for Chef Erik Bruner-Yang's Cambodian/Taiwanese influenced restaurant concept Maketto. He eventually moved to Honeycomb Grocer in Union Market, serving Japanese ramen and pork bao.

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UNION KITCHEN - IVY CITY


UNION KITCHEN - IVY CITY


Now Dorjee brings his loving attention and finely honed skills to every dish he makes. Dorjee Momo is a refugee-owned, family-run Tibetan nomad food startup based at Union Kitchen in Washington, DC. Our mission is to introduce more people to the heartfelt preparation and unique flavors of Himalayan cuisine, and our approach centers delicious dishes from the Tibetan diaspora that are simultaneously authentic and creative.