18 (Thu) February 2010
Lamb + Chicken Kebabs
at Sultan Kebabs
-Itaewon, Yongsan, Seoul, Korea-
My general understanding of the word “kebab,” based on years of vague and infrequent and not particularly invested observation, is that it refers to Turkish/Middle Eastern-style roast meat.
In Korea, recently, I’ve been pleased to see that kebab is becoming quite the popular fast food item, if only in Itaewon and if only to expats. At first, they were sold by dark skinned men of unknown national origin from the back of pickup trucks that would show up sometime after 10 PM somewhere along the main drag by Hamilton Hotel. Typically chicken at first, perhaps anticipating that locals weren’t yet ready for lamb, but eventually offering both varieties, served on a flour tortilla with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and onions, some kind of white yogurt-based sauce, and some kind of red hella spicy sauce, and sold for 4,000 won a pop. Now, Itaewon has at least 4 kebab “restaurants,” by which I mean that the place comprises bricks and mortar, doors, counter and cash register, chairs, and refrigerator, but the food is otherwise exactly the same, both in terms of variety and taste.