5.078 Falafel

Cycle 5 – Item 78

 24 () March 2014



from Shawarma Snack Center

in my apartment

-Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-

with MK, FL

Shawarma Snack Center (SSC) is an Arabic/Persian restaurant.  Don’t know whether it represents any particular style or country, though the menu does include a separate section for “FOOD IRANIAN CUISINE,” which makes me wonder.

Located in on Salas Street, a couple blocks west of my apartment.

Popular place, especially among WHO staff who live in the area.  Indeed, it’s often called upon to cater receptions following consultations/meetings at WHO (see for example 5.065 Mixed Grilled Plate).

I’m considering SSC for the honor of catering the reception for our upcoming Consultation on Overweight, Obesity, Diabetes, and Law.  I wanted to see the menu for myself and try a few additional dishes, items convenient to eat at a standing buffet, like skewers, but things other than skewers.  As hoped for, tonight’s meal resulted in the discovery of a couple more items suitable for the reception.

The problem with these Arabic restaurants, at least in Manila, though probably elsewhere in the world, is that they don’t serve booze but allow shisha.

The broccoli & shrimp, along with onions, carrots, bell peppers, all cut into bite-sized pieces, were lightly sautéed, lightly seasoned, a touch of cumin and other spices to give the dish an Arabic feel.  Though I’d imagine that this kind of thing wouldn’t be found anywhere in Arabia.

The falafel was also quite nice, each one ideally sized, delicately deep-fried so as to be crispy but not at all greasy.  Having ordered the dishes to go and eaten them in my apartment, they both held up well after the transport.  And so, in addition to various skewers, grilled veggies, hummus, tabouleh, and pita, the menu for the Consultation on Overweight, Obesity, Diabetes, and Law is complete.



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