After marrying into a Nepali family, Tiffany Stacy-Subba realized that her new sisters in law have a knack for cooking “momos,” a signature dish that uses cabbage and meat in a hand-folded dumpling.
Realizing the difficulty mothers face finding flexible work schedules, Subba teamed up with her two sisters to launch Three Sisters Momo, a mobile food business that aims to bring this Nepali cuisine to neighborhoods and events around Akron.
The momos have been popular among the refugee community in North Hill, and now the three sisters are seeking community support to serve other Akron residents.
A recently lunched Kickstarter project seeks to raise $1,800 to cover the cost of a mobile setup, with plans to expand and eventually offer employment to other refugee women in the community. (Click here to learn more about the campaign, and watch the video below.)
“When I first married into the family, I tried to convince them that we should start a business (making dumplings). It took a while to convince them,” says Stacy-Subba. “It’s very difficult for women who have children to find employment that’s flexible.”
The money donated will go toward a tent, a tarp, pots and pans, a custom-built portable sink, a new camp stove, two portable tables and a variety of utensils.
To date, the sisters in law have operated on a shoestring, and Charly Murphy of Stray Dog Cart has generosity donated equipment to the startup, along with helping to sell and serve their food. Three Sisters Momo also operated from a popup location in North Hill at the Better Block event last weekend.
The sisters use locally sourced ingredients, and the dumplings are naturally vegan-friendly because no eggs are used in the dough. (Our own Working Class Vegan Man, Greg Milo, had an opportunity to try the vegan momos and was impressed.)
To find out more about the Kickstarter program, click here.
For more info about Three Sisters Momo, visit www.facebook.com/3sistersmomo.