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Beyond Momos

Himalayan Food in Jackson Heights

Thursday, June 23, 2016
6:30 PM–8:00 PM

Museum of Food and Drinks Panel Discussion on Himalayan Cuisine

This panel discussion is organized by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) and co-presented by the Rubin Museum. The event will take place off-site in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens.

Jackson Heights, Queens, is one the most diverse neighborhoods in the country. The neighborhood’s international population is reflected in its dizzying array of food businesses, from Indian mega-grocers to taco trucks. Since the 2000s Jackson Heights has also become home to a large Himalayan population and many restaurants that serve that community. Now it’s possible to savor Tibetan momo dumplings and milk tea, as well as Nepali sukuti (meat jerky) and thali platters, all within a few blocks of the subway.

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Yanki Tshering of the Business Center for New Americans with Tashi Chodron of the Rubin Museum, Pema Yangzom and Tenzing Ukyab of Himalayan Yak, and other local business owners.

Learn about the culinary and cultural diversity of Himalayan cuisines, and hear the personal stories of Himalayan food entrepreneurs in New York. Afterward, stick around for tastings from the neighborhood.


  • Tashi Chodron, Assistant Manager of Himalayan Culture Programs, Rubin Museum of Art; founder, Himalayan Pantry Inc., Voices of Tibet
  • Yanki Tshering, executive director, Business Center for New Americans (moderator)
  • Tenzing Ukyab, co-owner, Himalayan Yak
  • Pema Yangzom, co-owner and manager, Himalayan Yak

Additional panelists TBA

This program is part of the Museum of Food and Drink’s MOFAD City Series and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Check out MOFAD City’s full lineup at

Please note:

The event will take place off-site at Sherpa Kyidug House, 41-01 75th Street, Queens, NY.