For eight years, Devkota could only enjoy that taste as a memory -- until this spring, when he became service manager at the brand new Bajeko Sekuwa in Sunnyside, Queens, the nearly 40-year-old Nepali chain’s first location abroad. The bark is back, and the cumin, mustard oil, and ginger-garlic paste in it taste just like he remembers.
After spending decades building itself into one of Nepal’s largest restaurant chains, Bajeko Sekuwa has set its sights on the rest of the world. The company aims to expand across India, Dubai, Qatar, Australia, and Europe, and has plans for five to six more locations in the US. As Devkota and executive chef Surendra Rayamajhhi explain over a plate of momos, the goal is nothing less than spreading the gospel of Nepali cooking abroad and win over the palates of billions the way Indian chefs have over the years.