Shish or Şiş come from old Turkish and means skewer in Turkish (it has been adopted in Egyptian Arabic, Lebanese-Arabic and Syrian-Arabic dialects, and tavuk (pronounced "tah-wouk") comes from old TurkicTakagu and means chicken.
The dish is eaten either as a sandwich or on a platter with vegetables, sometimes with rice or French fries. The Turkish cuisine version is generally served with rice, yogurt, and skewer-grilled vegetables. The Syrian and Lebanese version is usually served with toum (a garlic paste sauce), hummus and tabbouleh. The sandwich version comes generally in a flatbread or as a dürüm, and frequently accompanied by lettuce, tomatoes, and pickled turnips.