One of the best things I’ve come across today is chicken shawarma. That’s right folks; I found authentic chicken shawarma and I’m going to tell you about it.
I’ll let you in on a little secret; I love shawarmas, donairs, and wraps. How did I come across these types of foods, you ask? Well, I used to live in Saudi Arabia before at a compound called Mura Bustan. It was a beautiful compound, which mostly housed foreigners living in Jeddah. On one of the streets, there was a small sharwarma kiosk adjacent from the restaurant. (Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if my friends and I ever ate there! LOL). Fail!
So, being the foreigner I was in a strange land, I saw a revolving stick with meat on it. It was then and there that I knew, I had to try it. And that’s the story of how I discovered shawarma. Since then, I’ve been looking around for authentic-tasting shawarmas, and failed.
Fast forward to day, I found shawarma! Whoo-hoo!!
You see, every day from walk I walk pass a restaurant named Al Saray, a Lebanese and Indian cuisine establishment, but I never approached it, until today. They advertised shawarma. It was right there. The chicken meat was pinned on a revolving metal rod in front of the grill.
You can probably guess what happened in my head.
With that out of the way, I want to show you its full glory and the taste test, naturally.
The Taste Test
But fair warning, you might drool because I’m already drooling externally and internally. So, as per tradition when I eat ‘new’ food, I write about it (to make you nerds hungry). Okay, let’s begin! 😀
What are the fillings? The wrap was jammed with fries, chicken, pickles, tomatoes, garlic, and sauce. Also, I’d like to point out that there wasn’t any other type of meat available; just chicken, which is fine. I suppose this might be a downside for people who prefer other meats such as beef, pork, or lamb, even. But hey, you can’t win.
Before the chef sliced off chunks of chicken, I observed him slapping on the sauce and then it dawned on me; right, the sauce I believe is garlic-based, among other ingredients I’m too lazy to search. Once the sauce was laid on, it was followed by the rest of the above mentioned ingredients.
Funny enough, the wrap had pickles! Scream! I hate pickles like you wouldn’t believe. Wouldn’t approach it with a ten-foot pole thanks to its stench. The idea is similar to foreigners disliking durian… That sorta thing.
The best part of eating the sharwarma is the inability to taste the pickles or garlic. Zilch. Once bitten into, everything blended in very well. The sauce (very surprisingly) was so damn tasty and it invites you to take more bites like you wouldn’t believe! The bread was very soft, thin, but not too chewy; it was just right.
By the time I realized my taste buds exploded, it was over :(. I transformed into a gluttonous pig and downed everything within 5 minutes. Terrifying, right?
Al Saray’s chicken shawarma costs 80 baht and it rekindled my memories of shawarma back in Saudi Arabia. It was authentic. This wrap was the real deal. No BS. What more could you possibly want in life? I suppose another plus point for the restaurant is its super friendly staff. I have never, I mean never met staff so nice. Yeah, sure, I know it’s their job, but their welcome and professionalism felt hospitable. The staff made such an impression on me that I’m going to go back one day and dine in. It doesn’t take much to impress me, but I’m impressed! Hot damn!
Overall, I’m very happy for this place and I can’t wait to go back and gobble more shawarmas like there’s no tomorrow! Whee! 😀