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Grilled Lamb Salad - Another Summer Standard
02.06.2017 04:46
Kansas City was one of the largest meat processing city's in America. From 1871 to 1950 it was only surpassed by Chicago's Union Stock yards. Most of the labor at the yards was provided by African Americans and immigrant labor from nearby Kansas City Kansas. Kansas City style barbecue grew out of local laborers purchasing and taking home cheap cuts from the processing floor for weekend cookouts, church functions and neighborhood celebrations. As the locals refined their cooking skills more and more of the barbecue found its way into the marketplace. Barbecue joints sprang up all over the east side of Kansas City during the jazz era into the 40's and 50's.

Ya Hala restaurant, 8005 SE Stark Street. 503-256-4484. While there is much debate about the subject, Ya Hala has a reputation for the most authentic food on the Eastside (menu here). Unfortunately, this restaurant is not open for Eid al Fitr.

Keep lamb in a plastic bag or container, away from other items in the refrigerator. You can refrigerate fresh lamb for up to five days in its original packaging. Alternatively you can freeze lamb slow cooker for up to nine months in freezer bags. If you want to do this, freeze it within three or four days of buying it.

The restaurant is small, and has a few tables. The buffet is to the right. You get a plate with Basmati Rice, and then cover it with the items on the buffet. We had chicken curry, lamb curry, goat curry, Aloo Gobi, and Channa Masala. All of this for $7.99 a person. The buffet items change often.

We stopped at a spice booth, offering bags of spices as well as assortments. Strolling past produce booths, Mudi showed us some of the local fruit, such as jackfruit and lichee. Roving merchants accosted us offering necklaces, Tanzanian soccer jerseys and CDs. We passed a booth with some beautiful scarves, one of which Ellen picked up for about $4, and poked around several curio shops. At one point our guide identified some amplified chanting as the work of a traditional witch doctor, which many locals still trust. Our walk continued through an old Arab fort with a grassy courtyard that had become an impromptu art market featuring touristy paintings.

Check out Yiayia's Greek coffee if you are so inclined - each demitasse is made right in front of you so it's piping hot and tastes great. If you like coffee but want less caffeine they do sell American coffee as well as iced Greek curried lamb American coffees outside at the dessert tent.

The food is traditional Indian food, and from the first mouthful, I was hooked on the food. It is not overly hot, or spicy, but you will need plenty of water with it. We were brought up in England, with Indian authentic lamb curry, but if you are not used to the cuisine, then you may find it hot.

Long story short, try The Whip Tavern as soon as possible. Just be careful coming home after a few pints. The roads are very windy, and you don't need to get up-close-and-personal with the livestock to have an entertaining evening!

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