Thursday, January 22, 2009

Culinary Science

I shun meat. In general, this is no great loss, but there is one type of meatfood I sorely miss - the doner kebab. It turns out that this most excellent meal was invented by one Mahmut Ayg├╝n in Berlin, back in 1971. The first doner kebab was served then in his restaurant, Hasir. Mr Aygun has however just died, at the age of 87.


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Anonymous said...

This is a sad day for us all. Now if you'll excuse me, I must immediately go and drown my sorrows at Zaytoon.

Trish Byrne said...

They had some frightening, but also heartening, tales of doner kebabs on BBC radio yesterday, including one guy who said he dropped some doner meat on the floor one night, and the next morning cut his bare foot on it.

Ammonite said...

One wonders whether he also thought of the pita bread angle to get the drunks out of his restaurant "Here, you can carry it, now piss off".

A great man.

hey, my word verification reads 'donap'!

ian said...

He does seem to have put the kebab into the pitta so that his drunken clientele could eat on their way home.

What is funny is that kebab shops in Berlin are wayyyyyyy nicer than ones here - much better range of stuff (crucially including loads of tasty non-meat stuff) and are far more attractive places to eat in. Zaytoun comes somewhat close, but only somewhat.