This small business profile is part of #OneVoice – a limited series on businesses owned by immigrants and sharing real stories of success & struggles while celebrating the diverse Canadian culture together.
Kurdish cuisine combines flavours and spices from their geographic neighbours and their own culinary traditions. The result? Delicious, flavourful meals! In the Main Kebab Hut, you will find more than just appetizing Kurdish dishes in Vancouver, their cuisine influences also reveal their personal migration story. Amal Aziz, one of Main Kebab Hut owners, tells us more about this restaurant:
About: A family-run business at the crossroads of their own culture and a historic place: The Punjabi Market.
History: Main Kebab Hut first opened its doors in 1985. The Fuad family took over this humble corner eatery in 2015. Their menu reflects the ethnic mix that they have experienced migrating from Kurdistan to Vancouver, with a stopover in Turkey mixed in for good measure. Items on the menu are inspired by Indian cuisine, Pakistani cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine, Turkish cuisine, and — the food of their own culture — Kurdish cuisine.
Best dish: They specialize in lamb kebabs. This dish comes with salad, chutney, rice or naan, and two skewers of kebab. However, the owners have different preferences: Fuad loves the lamb kebab, Zako loves everything, Jilvan loves eating falafel wrapped with fresh naan, and Amal loves the chicken tikka and the butter chicken.
After lockdown is over: The restaurant will be happy to serve the community with a free lunch!
Protip: Pickup a lamb kabab plate and settle in on Sunday, May 31st and enjoy Punjabi Market’s 50th Anniversary from the comfort of your home! Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSXHpuV7DI8