Kebab meat, consisiting of roast lamb and spices, had traditionally been served with rice but in a moment of inspiration Mr Aygun saw that the future lay in putting the meat inside a pitta bread.
That allowed customers who had been drinking to wander off into the night with their food and eat it as they stumbled home.
Mr Aygun once said: “I thought how much easier it would be if they could take their food with them.”
The first of the new snacks was served on March 2, 1971, at Hasir, his restaurant in Berlin.
It was called a doner kebab after the Turkish word “dondurmek” which means a rotating roast.
Mr Aygun went on to invent the yoghurt sauce often served with a doner kebab
Sadly Missed. The greatest invention since Beer.
I’m pretty sure the kebab was invented AFTER beer. About 5 minutes and a quick walk down the road from the pub later, infact. Which is what you said isn’t it… arse.
(Pauses, for a moment’s silence. Which is no mean feat, for RudeBoy)
A truly brilliant invention, yet so simple.
I shall buy a nice doner tonight, in memory of this wonderful man.
Should January 20th now be declared International Doner Kebab Day? I think it should.
I love doner kebabs – even when not drunk. What a genius.
Surfr – *titter*
well i had one for lunch…MMmmmm…without drinking a oad of beer….and i feel a bit rubbish now
how dare he go, i want one now!!
Well that’s my tea sorted for tonight then.
tonight’s post ride snack selected
assuming the van isn’t shut for a period of mourning.
A truly great idea but I’m not sure he ‘invented’ a big roast lamb butty, he just kind of refined and updated a much older invention. Kind of like shimano tend to do 🙂
I love the way kebabs were actually invented for drunk people
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