Bayramoğlu Döner

Doner kebab
Turkish: döner or döner kebap, pronounced, also spelled döner kebab, is a type of kebab, made of meat cooked on a vertical Rotisserie. Seasoned meat stacked in the shape of an inverted cone is turned slowly on the rotisserie, next to a vertical cooking element. The operator uses a knife to slice thin shavings from the outer layer of the meat as it cooks. The vertical rotisserie was invented in the 19th-century Ottoman Empire, and dishes such as the Arab Shawarma, Greek Gyros, Canadian donair, and Mexican Al pastor are derived from this.
The modern sandwich variant of döner kebab originated and was popularized in 1970s West Berlin by Turks in Germany. This was recognized by the Berlin-based Association of Turkish Doner Manufacturers in Europe, in 2011. Nowadays there are more döner kebab stores in Berlin than in Istanbul.

Doner kebab as a sandwich
The sliced meat of a doner kebab may be served on a plate with various accompaniments, stuffed into a Pita or other type of bread as a sandwich, or wrapped in a thin Flatbread such as Lavash or Saj bread, known as a Dürüm (literally meaning roll or wrap in Turkish). Kadir Nurman in the early 1970s introduced the sandwich or wrap form, which has become popular around the world as a Fast food dish sold by Kebab shop, and is often called simply a “kebab”.[10] The sandwich generally contains salad or vegetables, which may include tomato, lettuce, cabbage, onion with Sumac, fresh or Pickled cucumber, or Chili pepper, and various types of sauces.

In the Ottoman Empire, at least as far back as the 17th century, stacks of seasoned sliced meat were cooked on a horizontal rotisserie, similar to the Cağ kebabı. The vertical rotisserie was introduced no later than the mid-19th century. The town of Bursa in modern-day Turkey, is often considered the birthplace of the vertically roasted döner kebab. According to Yavuz İskenderoğlu, his grandfather İskender kebap as a child in 1850s Bursa had the idea of roasting the lamb at his father’s restaurant vertically rather than horizontally; it was a success, and some years later became known as döner kebap. However, he may have been preceded by Hamdi Usta from Kastamonu around 1830.
An Arab version became known as Shawarma. By at least the 1930s it had been brought overseas, and was sold in restaurants in Mexico by Lebanese immigrants. Doner kebab likely arrived in Greece in the 1920s with the turkiye, later transforming into Gyros.
It was not until a century after its invention that döner kebab was introduced and popularized in Istanbul, most famously by Beyti Güler. His restaurant, first opened in 1945, was soon discovered by journalists and began serving döner and other Kebab dishes to kings, prime ministers, film stars and celebrities. It has been sold in sandwich form in Istanbul since at least the mid-1960s.
The döner kebab and its derivatives served in a sandwich form as “Fast food” came to worldwide prominence in the mid to late 20th century. The first doner kebab shop in London opened in 1966 and they were a familiar sight in provincial cities by the late 1970s, while gyros was already popular in Greece and New York City in 1971. A Greek-Canadian variation, the donair, was introduced in 1972, eventually becoming the official food of Halifax, and spreading across the country. By the 1960s, the Al pastor in Mexico had evolved from the shawarma.
In Germany, the döner kebab was popularized by Turkish Gastarbeiter in Berlin in the early 1970s. The dish developed there from its original form into a distinctive style of sandwich with abundant salad, vegetables, and sauces, sold in large portions at affordable prices, that would soon become one of the top-selling fast food and Street food dishes in Germany and much of Europe, and popular around the world.

In the English name “Doner kebab”, the word doner is Loanword from the Turkish döner kebap, with the Turkish letter Ö usually Anglicisation as “o”, though “döner kebab” is an alternative spelling in English. The word “kebab” is used, which comes to English from the Arabic: كَبَاب (kabāb), partly through Urdu, Persian and Turkish; it may refer to a number of different Kebab dishes made with roasted or grilled meat. While kebab has been used in English since the late 17th century, doner/döner kebab is known only from the mid-20th or later. The Turkish word Döner comes from dönmek (“to turn” or “to rotate”), so the Turkish name döner kebap literally means “rotating roast”. In German, it is spelled Döner Kebab; the sandwich is often called ein Döner. Particularly in British English, a döner kebab sandwich may be referred to simply as “a kebab”. A Canadian variation is “donair”. In Greek, it was originally called döner (Greek: ντονέρ) but later came to be known as Gyros, from γύρος (“turn”), a Calque of the Turkish name. The Arabic name شاورما (shāwarmā) derives from another Turkish word, çevirme, also meaning “turning”. Persians refer to it as “kebab torki”.

Döner in Turkey
There are many variations of döner in Turkiye:

  • Porsiyon (“portion”, döner on a slightly heated plate, sometimes with a few grilled peppers or broiled tomatoes on the side)
  • Pilavüstü (“over rice”, döner served on a base of Pilaf rice)
  • İskender kebap (specialty of Bursa, served in an oblong plate, atop a base of pide (thin flatbread similar to Pita), with a dash of pepper or tomato sauce and boiling fresh butter) “Kebapçı İskender” is Trademark by Yavuz İskenderoğlu, whose family still runs the restaurant in Bursa.
  • Dürüm, wrapped in a thin Lavash that is sometimes also grilled after being rolled, to make it crispier. It has two main variants in mainland Turkey:
    • Soslu dürüm or SSK (sos, soğan, kaşar; in English: sauce, onion, cheese) (specialty of Ankara, contains İskender kebap sauce, making it juicier)
    • Kaşarlı dürüm döner (speciality of İstanbul, grated Kaşar cheese is put in the wrap which is then toasted to melt the cheese and crisp up the lavaş)
  • Tombik or gobit (literally “the chubby”, döner in a bun-shaped pita, with crispy crust and soft inside, and generally less meat than a Dürüm)
  • Ekmekarası (“between bread”, generally the most filling version, consisting of a whole (or a half) regular Turkish bread filled with döner)

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