Doner kebab

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German Döner kebab in Berlin
Döner kebab in Bursa, Turkey

Doner kebab (also spelled döner kebab) (UK: /ˈdɒnər kɪˈbæb/, US: /ˈdnər kɪˈbɑːb/; Turkish: döner or döner kebap [dœˈneɾ ceˈbap]) is a type of kebab. A Doner can be made from lamb, chicken or beef. It is cooked on a vertical rotisserie then thinly sliced. When bought from kebab shops it usually comes with salad or french fries.

Restaurants in Germany offer hot chili sauce and garlic yoghurt-style sauce. Barbecue sauce, burger sauce, lemon juice, or a mint sauce similar to raita are also popular.

Doners are often eaten as take-away food on the way home after a night out. There are several common ways in which doner kebabs are served.

  • Wrapped in pita bread (the most common)
  • On pita bread
  • Served as a dish of "doner meat" (and maybe chips), typically including salad
  • Often preferred to be garnished with a range of sauces such as tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, chili sauce, mint or garlic sauce.

It is a very popular German fast food.[1] The Döner was introduced to the Germans in the 1970s.

In the UK[change | change source]

Döner is not necessarily considered a "kebap" in Turkey. The various döner dishes, including iskender are listed on a separate page in the menu of a Turkish restaurant in Ankara. The "kebap" dishes have a separate page.

Kebabs are very much part of the Friday and Saturday night culture in the UK rather than breakfast or lunchtime food. UK doner kebab often uses a different mixture of spices, because immigrants from Cyprus run many of the shops. They may offer doner, shish (lamb and chicken) and kofte kebabs, with a 'special' including some of each with bread and chips.

References[change | change source]

  1. Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche. "Germany: Restaurants in Weimar ordered to rename doner kebabs | DW | 27.10.2019". DW.COM. Retrieved 2021-05-23.