Halal snack pack

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Halal snack pack
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Halal snack packs
Alternative namesHSP, meat in a box, meat on chips, meat box, snack box, snack pack, kebab snack plate, AB
Place of originAustralia
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsDoner kebab, chips, sauces, and optionally cheese.

A halal snack pack is a dish consisting of halal-certified doner kebab meat (lamb, chicken, or beef) and chips. It also includes different kinds of sauces, usually chili, garlic, and barbecue.[1] Yoghurt, cheese, jalapeño peppers, tabbouleh, and hummus are common additions. The snack pack is traditionally served in a styrofoam container, and has been described as a staple takeaway dish of kebab shops in Australia.[1][2] Some Australian restaurant menus refer to the dish as a "snack pack", "snack box" or "mixed plate", rather than as a "halal snack pack".[1] The name of the dish was chosen by the Macquarie Dictionary as the "People's Choice Word of the Year" for 2016.[3]


The halal snack pack originated in Australia as a culinary fusion of Middle-Eastern and European cuisines. According to some, snack packs date back at least to the 1980s.[4] They have since become a quintessential Australian dish.[5][6] However, variations or similar dishes exist in other countries; examples include "doner meat and chips" in the United Kingdom, "kapsalon" ("barbershop") in the Netherlands and Belgium, "kebabtallrik" ("kebab plate") in Sweden,[7][8][9] "gyro fries" in the United States, and "kebab ranskalaisilla" ('kebab with French fries') in Finland. In Adelaide, South Australia, the dish is known as an "AB".[10]

In late 2015, following the creation of the Facebook group, Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society, a subculture formed around the dish, it has been known to bring cultures together.[11][12][13] This led to wide coverage of the dish in the media, as well as a notable reference by Senator Sam Dastyari in Australian Parliament during a debate about halal certification which is credited for much of the increase in attention paid to this dish.[14][15]

Health concerns have been raised, even flippantly,[16][17] about the refined carbohydrate and saturated fat content of halal snack packs. Excess refined carbohydrates and saturated fat can cause obesity and heart disease, as well as cerebrovascular, metabolic and renal conditions and complications.[18][12][13]

Similar dishes[edit]

The "AB" dish in Adelaide is gyro meat topped with chips, tomato sauce, chilli sauce, barbecue sauce, and garlic sauce.[19][20][10] The dish is sometimes served with alcoholic beverages.[19] Two restaurants in Adelaide claim they invented the dish: the North Adelaide Burger Bar (also known as the Red & White) between 1969 and 1972, and the Blue & White in 1989.[19][21][22] The "AB" may be placed at the centre of the table and shared.[21][23] In the Netherlands, Kapsalon is fries topped with döner or shawarma meat, melted Gouda cheese, and dressed salad greens. A "munchy box" is an inexpensive dish sold by fast-food and takeaway restaurants, primarily in the West of Scotland region and Glasgow. It typically includes kebab meat, fried chicken, pizza, chicken tikka, onion rings, pakora, naan bread, garlic bread, coleslaw, and other fast foods and sauces. In Canada, "Poutine" (French slang for a mess) is fries with thin gravy, cheese curds, and a combination of toppings that may include ground beef, sliced sausage or döner meat, pizza sauce, bacon, maple syrup, foie gras, or truffles.

See also[edit]

  • Carne asada fries – a fast-food dish typically consisting of french fries, carne asada, guacamole, sour cream and cheese
  • Poutine – a Canadian dish prepared with french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy
  • Nick Tahou Hots - an American restaurant which has a trademark dish called the Garbage Plate, that consists of potato, macaroni salad, beans & topped with meat & sauce.


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  2. ^ Safi, Michael; Hunt, Elle; Wall, Josh (April 18, 2016). "The halal snack pack: a fast track to a heart attack? Or worse?". the Guardian. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Halal snack pack named people's choice word of 2016 by Macquarie Dictionary". The Age. February 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Unpacking the halal snack pack". Food. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  5. ^ Bartholomeusz, Rachel. "Unpacking the Halal Snack Pack". SBS news. SBS. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
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  7. ^ "En kebabtallrik". Sverge Radio.
  8. ^ Mike (12 November 2009). "Recipe - Kebab platter/Kebabtallrik". Freestyle Cookery.
  9. ^ "Allting på? Introducing the kebabtallrik – A Swedish delicacy". Truly Swedish. Archived from the original on 2016-10-06.
  10. ^ a b Spain, Katie (11 July 2016). "Halal Snack Pack? No, Adelaide's version is called an "AB"". Broadsheet. Broadsheet Media.
  11. ^ Schmidl, Engel (25 July 2016). "Halal snack packs: the fast food bringing cultures together". The National. Abu Dhabi Media.
  12. ^ a b Safi, Michael; Hunt, Elle; Wall, Josh (19 April 2016). "The halal snack pack: a first track to a heart attack? Or worse?". The Guardian. The Guardian.
  13. ^ a b Wall, Josh; Chung, Julian. "Halal snack pack: bridging cultures or a recipe for radicalisation?". The Guardian. The Guardian.
  14. ^ Hall, Katy (5 July 2016). "An important look inside the contents of a Halal Snack Pack". Mama Mia.
  15. ^ "Senator rates halal snack pack a 10". Sky News Australia. March 17, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  16. ^ Andrew (15 April 2016). "Forget Kebabs and Burgers, We've Found Your New Favorite Drunk Food". Hole in the Wall Brisbane.
  17. ^ The (Un)Australian (22 July 2016). "Increase in Heart Disease Attributed to Hipsters Trying Out Halal Snack Packs". The (Un)Australian.
  18. ^ Frances, William Scates (June 2016). "The meteoric rise of the Halal Snack Pack: What does it all mean?". The Point Magazine. The Point Magazine.
  19. ^ a b c "Macquarie Dictionary". Macquariedictionary.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  20. ^ "The AB at Blue & White Café North Adelaide". Gourmantic. January 24, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Where is Adelaides Best AB?". WeekendNotes. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  22. ^ Hough, Andrew. (14 July 2005). "Rivals Lay Claim to the 'Absolutely Beautiful' - Cafe's Messy Meal Turns Into a Title Fight", The Advertiser, p29.
  23. ^ McCann, James (23 April 2016). "Who Makes Adelaide's Best AB?", Rip It Up, Adelaide. Archived from the original on 27 April 2016.

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External links[edit]

External video
"The world's biggest halal snack-pack". Sunrise.