Kebabs: Greek or Turkish?

2 AM May 4, 2006

For marketing purposes, Australian fast-food outlets propagate the fiction that kebabs are an exotic dish, imported from the north-west Mediterranean. There is however, some dispute as to the kebab’s precise nationality.

Here in my home town of Sydney, kebabs are Turkish. Eight hundred kilometres away in Melbourne, they call “kebabs”, “souvlaki” and think they are Greek. Somewhere between here and there, kebabs change provenance. A colleague from Albury-Wodonga confirmed that kebabs are still Greek on the New South Welsh/Victorian border, so where is the changeover point? And what about north and west of Sydney?

Update: I forgot to say. This post is Andy’s fault.

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