Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Lunch in Jerusalem

From The Washington Post - ISRAEL
Plenty to Put in a Pita
Friday, November 3, 2006; Page A24

On Ben Yehuda Street in West Jerusalem, the sandwich of choice is the sabih: a pita filled with hummus, chopped boiled egg and deep-fried eggplant slices. You can request a sprinkle of chopped parsley, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and pickles. Then choose a sauce: spicy green, hot red, tangy tahini or spicy mango-pickle sauce. Brought to Israel by Iraqi Jews, the sabih costs about $3.50.

Or pick up a kebab in East Jerusalem. Ground beef patties seasoned with parsley, garlic, spices and lamb fat (for extra flavor) are threaded on skewers between cubes of onion and tomato and cooked over a small charcoal fire. Then the whole skewer is emptied into a pita, topped with fresh tomato and cucumber salad and hot red sauce. In front of the Damascus Gate, a kebab sells for just over $2.

-- Samuel Sockol

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