Shish taouk

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Shish taouk

Shish taouk[1] (Arabic: شيش طاووق‎‎; Hebrew: קבב עוף‎, translit. Kabab Of‎, Hebrew pronunciation: [ˌkabˈbab ʾʔof]; Turkish: Şiş tavuk or Tavuk şiş;[2][3] Azerbaijani: Toyuq kababı) is a traditional marinated chicken shish kebab of Middle Eastern cuisine. It is widely eaten in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Lebanon,[4] Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Israel. A similar dish in Persian cuisine is the traditional jujeh kabab. It is also served in kebab houses in many cities around the world.[5]


Shish Syrian-Arabic dialects or Şiş come from old Turkish[6] and means skewer in Turkish and is itself a Persian loanword from 'sikh'. (It has been adopted in Egyptian Arabic, Lebanese-Arabic and Syrian-Arabic dialects, and tavuk (pronounced [taˈvuk]) comes from old Turkic Takagu and means chicken.[7]


The dish consists of cubes of chicken that are marinated, then skewered and grilled. Common marinades are based upon yogurt and lemon juice or tomato puree, though there are other variations.

Methods of serving[edit]

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. In Israeli cuisine it is served with a sumac flavored tahini, fried onions, flatbread/pita and grilled hot chili peppers along with tabbouleh or Israeli salad and pickles (olives, carrots, bell peppers, cabbage and turnip)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sari Edelstein (22 October 2010). Food, Cuisine, and Cultural Competency for Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Professionals. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. pp. 573–. ISBN 978-1-4496-5968-4. 
  2. ^ Virginia Maxwell (15 September 2010). Istanbul. Lonely Planet. pp. 145–. ISBN 978-1-74220-404-8. 
  3. ^ Ozcan Ozan (13 December 2013). The Sultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 179–. ISBN 978-1-4629-0639-0. 
  4. ^ Lisa M. Ross; Lisa Akoury-Ross (1 June 2009). New American Cuisine for Today's Family: Fresh Ideas to Prepare Healthy Mediterranean Meals in Under 30 Minutes. SDP Publishing LLC. pp. 69–. ISBN 978-0-9824461-1-9. 
  5. ^ Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad; Jane I. Smith (1 January 2002). Muslim Minorities in the West: Visible and Invisible. Rowman Altamira. pp. 138–. ISBN 978-0-7591-0218-7. 
  6. ^ "Şiş". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "tavuk". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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