Kyikyi, who began Himalayan Dumplings by Kyikyi, stated she is the primary woman-owned Tibetan frozen meals model within the U.S.
BEAVERTON, Ore. — A Beaverton girl is embarking on a significant journey to develop her small enterprise in a giant manner.
Kyikyi calls herself a Tibetan exile. She stated she immigrated to the U.S. about 20 years in the past from Tibet and is now dedicated to sharing her tradition and selling illustration by way of meals.
Meals is a love language for many individuals and that’s very true for Kyikyi. She started sharing her love of meals and her love for her tradition on the Beaverton Evening Market about six years in the past. She served up Himalayan dumplings, or momos, Tibetan handpies and different meals.
“This permits me to realize my higher aspiration, which is to lift consciousness about my Tibetan tradition,” stated Kyikyi.
However throughout the pandemic, alternatives to promote her momos grew to become few and much between. For years she had performed with the thought of packaging and promoting her dumplings. So, she took the leap, deciding to attempt to scale up and soar by way of all of the difficult regulatory hoops so as to package deal and promote her handmade frozen dumplings and handpies. Kyikyi described her handpies as akin to an empanada. Now she has a giant accomplishment below her belt.
“I launched the primary woman-owned Tibetan frozen meals model within the U.S.,” she stated.
The feat got here by way of quite a lot of work.
“It is intensive, and I in all probability spent a lot of final yr in pandemic, whereas working a full time job with youngsters, doing this,” stated Kyikyi.
“There have been numerous hours of simply work, simply quite a lot of arduous work, quite a lot of tears, typically crying within the toilet.”
It took Kyikyi much more effort and time as a result of she labored arduous to purchase native, or no less than American-made, from the packaging to design.
“A number of the professionals that I sourced a few of the work to, just about majority of them had been women-owned small native companies,” Kyikyi stated.
Regionally-sourced services and products are costlier than utilizing an abroad provides, however Kyikyi hopes prospects look past the sticker shock — her momos, as an example, are offered for $25-$30 for a bag of 20 — as a result of her dumplings are bigger than most individuals count on.
“My Himalayan dumplings, they’re about 40 to 50% bigger than the typical pot sticker that you simply may see available in the market,” stated Kyikyi.
Momos aren’t solely current in Tibet, however have additionally been adopted in a lot of international locations within the Himalayan area resembling India, Nepal and Bhutan.
Just below a month since her gentle launch, and she or he stated the response has been past her expectation.
“Whereas seeing the orders are available […] I could not cease myself from refreshing and searching,” she stated.
For Kyikyi, who stated she has a superb day job, increasing her enterprise isn’t about being profitable. It’s about sharing her heritage.
“It makes me really feel an incredible sense of delight and satisfaction and validation when it comes to who I’m and my Tibetan cultural id. And my hope is that it’s a medium by way of which I can introduce folks additional into Tibetan tradition,” stated Kyikyi.
She stated Tibetans make up a small neighborhood worldwide, which interprets to much less illustration general.
“That’s another excuse that I felt very, very impressed and motivated to hopefully break that cup ceiling and do one thing in my neighborhood that hasn’t been accomplished earlier than, with the hope that it’ll encourage and empower others […] to do the identical,” Kyikyi stated.
“I get messages always from folks saying how empowered they really feel and the way proud they really feel. To see a Tibetan girl and Tibetan immigrant do one thing so massive like this.”
Kyikyi stated she hopes she will empower different Tibetans and immigrants and introduce the bigger neighborhood to Tibetan tradition by way of meals.
“That is my imaginative and prescient. That is my dream, my ardour. I am doing it one step at a time.”
Kyikyi stated proper now it’s just about a one-woman present with some assist from her household. Her subsequent objective is to get suggestions from prospects, then hopefully rent on extra folks and promote her momos in grocery shops, connecting much more folks to her tradition.
For now, Kyikyi will proceed producing momos and handpies in small batches, made by hand. People who find themselves keen on making an attempt them can visit her website.