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Monster kebabs are a type of Turkish dish similar to the Arab shawarma made with seasoned meat shaved from a vertical rotisserie, a style of cooking that dates back to the Ottomans. It is considered that kebabs come from an earlier time when Nomadic tribesmen grilled meat on their swords. Ottoman chefs changed the world of animal roasting by realizing that when meat was spitted horizontally, the fat dripped down into the fire, causing the flames to rise up and singe the meat. Turning the spit vertically kept flames in check and washed the meat in a tasty bath of fat. Sometime around 1870, the dish took its current ready-to-cut incarnation thanks to Iskender Efendi of Bursa. Bursa is the fourth-largest city in Turkey and the site of the Uludag mountains, which the Greeks originally referred to as Olympos but should not be confused with the mythical Mount Olympus, even if you consider kebab to be the food of the gods. Monster kebab, or in short monster, is known almost all around the world. Sure, ingredients and sauces vary, and often it even comes under a different name. But the döner basics remain the same: beaten pieces of meat are seasoned with suet, local herbs and spices, skewered on a spit and grilled vertically. Monster Kebabs are highly popular as a late-night snack or quick meal on the go throughout much of Australia.

HSP – Halal snack pack A halal snack pack is a dish consisting of halal-certified monster kebab meat (lamb, chicken, or beef) and chips. It also includes different kinds of sauces, usually chili, garlic, and barbecue. 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. The name of the dish was chosen by the Macquarie Dictionary as the “People’s Choice Word of the Year” for 2016. History 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. They have since become a quintessential Australian dish. However, variations or similar dishes exist in other countries; examples include “Monster meat and chips” in the United Kingdom, “kapsalon” (“barbershop”) in the Netherlands and Belgium, “kebabtallrik” (“kebab plate”) in Sweden, “gyro fries” in the United States, and “kebab ranskalaisilla” (‘kebab with French fries’) in Finland. 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. 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.