Kabul Kitchen offers up freshly baked Afghan bread served piping hot and fluffy from their cylindrical tandoori ovens.
You’ll also find arrange of Afghan cuisine. This includes chicken biryani, the traditional Kabuli palow rice, dhal and a mouth-watering selection of chicken, lamb, kofte or tikka kebabs.
The once whole-in-the-wall stall has also now expanded to an adjoining restaurant. Dine in or takeaway delicious cuisine inspired by Kabul.
Kabul Kitchen is open:
Meet Ali from Kabul Kitchen.
At 17, Ali escaped the threat of the Taliban in Kabul via Pakistan but, in order to do this, Ali had to make the difficult decision to leave his young family behind.
It was in Pakistan where Ali began practicing as a chef, learning the culinary skills he would later use at Dandenong Market.
Not long after, Ali immigrated to Australia by boat and was eventually placed in detention centres in Darwin and Christmas Island with no release date.
It wasn’t until 2011 that Ali was released and decided to call Dandenong home.
Ali opened Kabul Kitchen in 2017 with co-owner, Mohammad, a fellow refugee. Ali was shocked to find out that he and his colleague had immigrated to Australia on the same boat and had spent time at the same detention centres – the pair believe they were reunited by fate.
Extending an adjoining restaurant to the original stall which specialises in its famous Afghan bread, Ali has finally achieved his culinary dream.
These days he focuses on one day being able to be reunited with his wife and son in Australia where he has been able to build a life – something he hasn’t been able to do for more than five years.
Visit Kabul Kitchen in the Meat, Fish and Deli Hall or dine in via Cleeland Street. And, on behalf of Ali and Mohammed, taschakor – تشکر
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M23 & Shop 1A (Meat, fish & deli)
Mohammad Sarwari & Ali Haidari