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Shawarma also known as Schawarma, Chawarma, Shwarma, Shuarma, Shawerma, Shoarma, Schwarma or Shaorma) is a Middle Eastern-style sandwich usually composed of thinly sliced cuts of lamb, goat, chicken or turkey. Shawarma is a popular dish and fast-food across the Middle East, it has also become popular world-wide. The classic shawarma combination is pita bread, hummus, tahina, vegetables, pickles, French fires and of course the shawarma.

How is Shawarma made?

Shawarma is made by placing strips of meat or marinated chicken on a rotating skewer. Animal fat and an onion or tomato are placed at the top of the stack to provide flavoring. The meat is then roasted slowly on all sides as the skewer rotates in front of or over a heat source for a period of several hours. After cooking, the meat is thinly sliced by a chef with a large knife dropping to a circular tray below to be retrieved as shown in the picture.

What is Served with Shawarma?

Shawarma is usually served with French fries, pickles, and salad or it can be served by itself . In some restaurants it is served alone without any pita or flat bread.

Tips for Choosing a Shawarma Restaurant:
  • If the restaurant has a huge shawarma meat tower, it means a lot of people go there. That is good. But if the restaurant has one little tower with a thin over-cooked looking strip of meat on it and no line of customers outside then you should avoid it.
  • Never eat shawarma from a place that does not have an upright cooker. You'll just get some sliced chicken grilled on a regular grill - bland, boring, and not a shawarma.
  • If you want to eat shawarma in less developed area, ask your chef to cook the meat well and make sure you eat at a place that is well populated with local customers.
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For more Info about Shawarma refer to: wikipedia & gomideast


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