By Deena Prichep and Daniel Estrin
This story is a part of Global Nation PRI's The World - 07, 2015
It’s a similar scene halfway across the world in Jerusalem. At the
hole-in-the-wall Al Waary restaurant, there’s a vertical rotisserie of
beef spinning next to the flames, flavored by tangy vinegar. Shave some
off into a pita, and you’ve got shawarma — the quintessential Middle
Eastern street meat.
If you're thinking these beloved dishes might be linked, you're
right. So we hit the street food trail to find out, starting in
“Shawarma is very, very interesting,” says Ali Qleibo, a Palestinian
anthropologist, sitting at the Al Waary shawarma joint. The origin of
the word shawarma comes from the Turkish word çevirme, which means "turning."
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