Souvlaki vs. Kebab

By Jaxson

  • Souvlaki

    Souvlaki (Greek: σουβλάκι [suˈvlaci]), plural souvlakia, is a popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. It is usually eaten straight off the skewer while still hot. It can be served with pita bread, fried potatoes, lemon, and sauces, but the souvlaki itself is eaten on its own, with the side dishes eaten subsequently. The meat usually used in Greece and Cyprus is pork, although chicken, beef, and lamb may also be used. In other countries (and for tourists), souvlaki may be made with meats such as lamb, beef, chicken, and sometimes fish.

    The word souvlaki is a diminutive of the Medieval Greek σούβλα souvla ‘skewer’, itself borrowed from Latin subula. ‘Souvlaki’ is the common term in Hellenic Macedonia and other regions of northern Greece, while in southern Greece around Athens it is commonly known as ‘kalamaki’, ‘reed’.

  • Kebab

    Kebabs (also kabobs) are various cooked meat dishes, with their origins in Middle Eastern cuisine. Many variants are popular throughout Asia, and around the world.

    In Indian English and in the languages of the Middle East, other parts of Asia, and the Muslim world, kebab is a broad term covering a wide variety of grilled meat dishes. Although kebabs are often cooked on a skewer, many types of kebab are not. Kebab dishes can consist of cut up or ground meat or seafood, sometimes with fruits and vegetables; cooked on a skewer over a fire, or like a hamburger on a grill, baked in a pan in an oven, or as a stew; and served with various accompaniments according to each recipe. The traditional meat for kebabs is most often mutton or lamb, but regional recipes may include beef, goat, chicken, fish, or more rarely due to religious prohibitions, pork.

    In most majority English-speaking countries, two of the most prevalent and familiar kebab dishes are shish kebab and doner kebab. Either of these are often simply referred to as a “kebab” in English.

  • Souvlaki (noun)

    Any of several Greek dishes such as kalamaki, giros, kebab and shawarma.

  • Souvlaki (noun)

    A wrapped pancake dish filled with meat, salad and some kind of sauce or dressing, commonly called a kebab.

  • Kebab (noun)

    A dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted on a skewer or spit, especially a doner kebab.

  • Kebab (noun)

    A shish kebab or any other food on a skewer.

  • Kebab (noun)

    A Muslim, usually of Arab descent.

  • Kebab (noun)


  • Kebab (verb)

    To roast in the style of a kebab

  • Kebab (verb)

    To stab or skewer

  • Kebab (noun)

    a dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit.

Oxford Dictionary

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