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Souvlaki, gyros and other meat products
What is souvlaki?

Souvlaki is a characteristic Greek dish, which is famous throughout the world and which is served particularly in special shops (souvlaki shops “souvlatzidika”). It consists of pieces of pork meat pierced through a small wooden skewer (“kalamaki”) and grilled. When ordering, one may call it a “kalamaki” which is usually served with pieces of bread.
Apart from the classical souvlaki kalamaki, larger souvlakia (mainly at restaurants) are also prepared, usually on a metal skewer, and are served as a dish together with potato chips, salad and sauce. Sometimes slices of green capsicum or tomato are placed between the pieces of meat.


What meat does souvlaki have?

Souvlaki nearly always consists of pieces of pork meat. Chicken meat may also be used which, if combined with bacon, is called “chicken-bacon”. Lamb meat is rarely used. Lamb souvlaki in Greece is not very popular as it is, for example, in the eastern countries (Turkey, Egypt).


How is souvlaki served?

Souvlaki is served wrapped inside a flat bread together with tomato, tzatziki sauce and onion. In Northern Greece especially, it is wrapped in a flat or toasted bread together with potato chips, tomato, onion, ketchup and mustard and one may add sauce.


What is gyros?

Gyros is the dish that consists of pieces of pork meat from different parts of the animal’s body. It is referred to in this way because, in order to roast the meat, it is passed through a vertical metal skewer that rotates around its axis with heat on one side.


What meat does gyros have?

Gyros is a step further from döner kebab which consists of lamb or beef or chicken. However, gyros (which prevails in Greece) is made of pork, since the Christian religion allows consumption of that meat. Gyros made with chicken has become quite popular recently.
In the past, gyros was made with minced meat, which is not consumed today in Greece, as a relative market control provision has prohibited it because of hygiene violations that took place.


How is gyros eaten?

It is served wrapped inside a flat bread (unleavened bread), but also as a dish. It is served with various salads (mostly with tzatziki), tomato, onion and fried potato chips.


Is gyros known worldwide?

During the past century, Greeks travelling to America and Australia carried gyros recipes with them. Today, large dining businesses offer slightly different versions on their menus. For many years, doner kebab has been a favourite fast food in Germany and France, while Greek pork gyros is a well-known meal.


What is doner kebab?

Doner kebab, which means “turning roast” is the name of a Turkish dish in which lamb, beef or chicken meat is used. The rest of the Mediterranean and Middle-East foods, such as gyros, come from doner kebab. Doner kebab is today one of the most favourite fast foods throughout the world.


What meat does doner have?

Lamb, beef or chicken is used to make doner kebab.


How is doner kebab eaten?

Today, doner kebab is served wrapped in Turkish flat bread, as a sandwich. The manner in which doner kebab is served with salad and sauce was created by Turkish immigrants to Berlin in 1971, to make the meal more attractive to German customers. Since the 1980s, doner kebab has been one of Germany’s most favourite fast food meals.


What is I.Q.F.?

I.Q.F. (Individually Quick Frozen) is a modern food preservation method. With this method, food is frozen in individual portions (e.g. parts of chicken). This is highly convenient for both restaurants and consumers, since the exact desired amount to be used can be defrosted. In addition, consumers may buy net weight and sizes (broken pieces are removed before freezing). Last, using this technology, products are instantly frozen, so that the flavour and aroma of the fresh product are preserved.




























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