In addition to Spring Rolls , each year we also love all the various kebab – or meat on a stick – at the various Heritage Festival pavilions. There are as many names for this dish as there are varieties including: shish kebab, brochette, soya, mouchomo, satay, souvlaki, kabab and yakitori to name some variations.
These tasty morsels of grilled meat (you can even get them with vegetables and fruit too!) are found all around the world with different meats depending on the culture and preferred meat (chicken, beef, lamb, goat, etc). They can be on a wood or bamboo skewer, or on metal skewers or saber like skewers used for the Persian Koobideh.
We would love to give a complete review of all the offerings this year but there are just too many (maybe next year) so this year we have a few of our favourites and some new ones that we wanted to try. For each one both Joseph and I will provide our review, and at the end give you our recommendation.
Sudan – Chicken Shish Kebab (1 skewer – 6 tickets) – Marinated grilled chicken with onion and pepper
Joseph – Very tasty and tender, with so much flavour and dipped in the sauce adds another tasty dimension.
Larry – These were the first kebabs of the day, and we wanted to get another one right away! They were served with a tahini cucumber sauce, which I think also has yogurt. The meat had great North African flavours, with peppers and onion between each piece.
Arab Heritage – Combo Plate with Shish Kabob (1 skewer, hummus, fattouch and pita bread – 8 tickets) – kebab has cubes of marinated top sirloin
Joseph – These had good flavour with all the right Middle Eastern spices, very delicious with the hummus and pita bread!
Larry – We had to get the combo plate to ensure some vegetables were eaten! The kabob is a straightforward beef kebab, typically Middle Eastern spices. Nicely grilled and not over cooked as sometimes happens at large events. Fattouch was good, could use a bit more sumac.
Cameroon – Soya (2 skewers – 4 tickets) – grilled beef
Joseph – Very good and super tasty! These are a must try as they have so much flavour, I just want to eat more and more of these!
Larry – Do I really need to say more after Joseph’s review! He is right these were some awesome kebabs or soya (or suya)! great combination of spices with a hint of chili with peppers and onion between each meat morsel. (if you want to make some of these there is a great recipe over at Immaculate Bites)
Uganda – Muchomo (1 skewer – 7 tickets) – marinated beef
Joseph – Very tasty, everyone loved this one, the meat was very tender.
Larry – Another good beef kebab from Africa, with typical spice profile and lots of black pepper. These also had the pepper and onions between each piece. At 7 tickets for 1 skewer the soya from Cameroon are a better value.
Iran – Kabab Koobideh (1 skewer with pita, roasted tomator and lettuce – 7 tickets) – ground beef, onion and salt cooked on a skewer
Joseph – These are one of the best kababs, well worth every ticket, you really need to try it if have not already!
Larry – These are a must have every time we come to the Heritage Festival. Lightly spiced ground beef with onion, that is formed on a flat skewer and grilled. These have a nice grilled tomato along with lettuce and a pita.
Our Overall Recommendation
As noted we have not done an extensive review of all the various kebabs that can be enjoyed at the Heritage Festival, so if you find one that is worth seeking out please post in the comments your own review.
Joseph – The best kebab in my opinion is the Iranian koobideh, and the Sudanese one is also very good! The Uganda mouchomo, while very tasty was expensive compared to the other ones.
Larry – As alluded to above one you must seek out is the koobideh from the Iran pavilion. The chicken kebab from Sudan was very good too and worth a visit. After this either offering from the Cameroon or the Uganda pavilion would be top of my list ones to try.