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Is there a Yemeni cookbook?


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Is there a Yemeni cookbook?

Tom M of Durham NC | Feb 19, 2007 06:56 PM

Noticed some talk of the Yemen Cafe in Brooklyn on the Outer Boroughs board. When I lived in Brooklyn I ate their regularly, as it was quite good and very, very economical.

All that talk has me hankering for some of my favorite dishes at the Yemen Cafe. Alas, I now live in Durham, NC, far, far from Atlantic Avenue. I am, however, a pretty good cook, so if I can find some decent recipes I might be able to reproduce at least some of the dishes I loved.

Does anyone know if a Yemeni cookbook even exists? My internet search for one has come up blank.

Alternately, does anyone know how to make:
--the doughy dumpling swimming in what I remember as a lamb gravy; I think the dish is called assad;
--the torn bits of pita soaked in a yogurt sauce, which I remember as shafotah (but that's probably not exactly right, as a google search for shafotah turns up nothing)

Those'd be a great start. Thanks!

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