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Kitfo sandwich

Thi N. | Jun 10, 200811:17 AM

Here's the other thing I can't stop eating lately: kitfo sandwiches at Merkato. Kitfo is raw beef - their plain kitfo is pretty good. (Meals By Genet's kitfo is better, but, in general, all dishes are better at Meals by Genet. The air is better.)

But in a sandwich, it's perfect. They kind of take a heap of sliced kitfo and skip it over a hot grill, I think (like a rock skipping a lake) so it's mostly raw, but little bits of edges are slightly cooked. It's tangy, it's spicy, it's got the full Ethiopian flavor-load, and it's served in crispy bread that rapidly turns soft and mushy under the meat-juices. Sort of an insane, raw, self-juicing version of a French dip, but with cardamom.

Meals by Genet has the finer, more sublime kitfo. But the sort of raw-funky-tang-agressive-muscular thing going on with Merkato's kitfo, especially with the brief flirtation with heat, goes great in a sandwich.


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