Monday, August 31, 2009

Ramadan time in the Middle East - Shater Hassan Restaurant

The venue: Shater Hassan Restaurant, Muroor
Location: Go down Muroor Road, pass Al Falah Plaza, at the traffic lights turn left. Shater Hassan on your left side of this road.

Myth: There's no food before Iftar (Or "breaking of fast", typically 6:45pm here in Abu Dhabi, and 6:40pm in Dubai), I ta-powed my dinner one night, and brought it home at 6pm :-) You just have to remember not to break the law and eat it there / on the street, eat it in the comfort and privacy of your own home!

The first course ... Spicy chicken Shawarma!

The word shawarma comes from the Turkish word çevirme, meaning turning, and has its origins in Anatolia.
Shawarma is made by placing strips of meat or marinated chicken on a stick; an onion or tomato is placed at the top of the stack to provide flavoring. The meat is then roasted slowly on all sides as the spit rotates in front of or over a flame for a period of several hours.
Traditionally a wood fire was used but for modern times, a gas flame is more common. While many specialty restaurants might offer two or more meat selections, some establishments have just one skewer.
Different sorts of meat can be used for the shawarma; the principle is that the meat will be placed on a spit, and can be grilled even for the whole day. Chunks of fat within the meat make sure that the shawarma stays juicy.

After cooking, the meat is shaved off the stack with a large knife, an electric knife or a small circular saw, dropping to a circular tray below to be retrieved. Shawarma is most commonly eaten as a fast food, made up into a sandwich wrap with pita bread or rolled up in lafa (a sweet, fluffy flatbread) together with vegetables and a dressing. Vegetables commonly found in shawarma include cucumber, onion, tomato, lettuce, eggplant, parsley, pickled turnips, pickled gherkins, cabbage, and in some countries, such as Romania, Bulgaria, Jordan, Israel, or the United Arab Emirates, french fries.

Wikipedia ... In the United Arab Emirates, shawarma is quite popular. This is due to the relatively low price, the ease in which a shawarma is prepared, as well as its taste being appealing to many of the UAE's residents. Al Farooj Fresh was the first fast-casual restaurant chain in UAE that offered fresh shawarma sandwiches and chicken meals. Most local cafeteria offer shawarma (mostly chicken) for a price range between AED 3 (apprx US$ 1) and AED 4 (like in Dubai). In malls, most restaurants sell it at AED 5 or 6. Some restaurants offer a larger size shawarma which usually serves as a lunch meal along with some drink. Arabic bread is mostly used.

I was also told that Shater Hassan serves a mean Grilled Chicken, so I couldn't resist forking out another 20 or 22 AED for one :-) Its served with a LOT of "accessories", here's what I found in my ta-pow bag ...

Fantastically hot, temperature-hot that is! The skin was so crispy, it nearly fell off into flakes. Deliciously sinful! Have to say the meat near the bone was really good, but the breast-meat was a wee bit dry. Overall, gooooood! Serves three I reckon.

ps. Meal was washed down with some Made in Malaysia (hand-carried all the way here!) Nescafe Body Partner 3-in-1 mix. Perfect!

1 comment:

CUMI & CIKI said...

wow, i guess your no-pork survival skills have kicked in and you've found alternative great eats in your area! good4u.. if we come, u r giving us the grand tour!