Yomari, also called Yamari, is a delicacy of the Newar community in Nepal. It is a steamed dumpling that consists of an external covering of rice flour and an inner content of sweet substances such as chaku. The delicacy plays a very important role in Newaar society and is a key part of the festival of Yomari punhi.
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The unique feature of Yomari is its odd bell shape that denotes the north and south direction respectively. If that wasn’t symbolic enough then the duration of winter can be judged, supposedly, by the length of the tail the Yomari has.
One can find authentic Yomari all over the valley during the festival. There are only a handful of restaurants in Kathmandu Valley selling almost all year round. If you don’t know how to make it at home, here are some restaurants/eateries where you can have delicious yamari.
The Village Cafe is one of the best restaurants in town serving Newari cuisines/delicacies, cooked by women home-based workers with inherited traditional Newari skills and using locally grown ingredients. They serve yamari all year round and also organize Yomari festival during the day of Yomari Punhi. Best yamari in town. tel: Pulchowk 977-1-5540712 Khokana -9851164447, Thamel -9841877910, Budhanilkantha -9818378784.
Nandini Food Court, Swotha Square-Patan
Located at the center of beautiful Patan (a few hundred meters north from Patan Durbar Square, this small eatery serves varieties of Newari foods. Enjoy the hot delicious yamari served in a tapari (leaf plates).
Bara Pasal, Chokachhen Galli- Indrachowk
Hidden inside the Indrachowk, a small family-run eatery serves few varieties of Newari cuisines, including yamari. Their specialty is Bara as the name suggests. It is located in narrow Galli/street named ChokaChhen around 25-30 meters west from Indrachowk and packed with locals during mid-afternoon. Ask any locals there, they will show you the exact house it is located. Closed on Saturday.
Yomari Cafe, Basantapur
Perhaps the most notorious yamari place in the valley is the restaurant in Basantapur that shares its name with the dish. Yomari is an up and coming eatery that presents its customers with a variety of Newari and other cultural food items.