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Makan-makan Athens: Eastern Flavours: Part 1

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Also, a shop (a very famous one, too) that sells the speciality cured / dried meat Pastourmas – called Arapian. There is a connected restaurant Ta Karamanlidika Tou Fani

Cooks, Misc., Travels, Writes. By Airinie Azhar-Konstantinidou

I spent an afternoon recently with Alison from Viv@ellada in downtown Athens, wandering about and trying different food. Alison will have a post about ‘cheap places to eat’ in Athens that I will link up here soon. (Update: Here it is! ‘Had Enough Of Souvlakis?“) I have decided to compile here some of the places that we went to, for food and for food shopping. The theme here is Eastern Flavours, …, a recent find for me, that I absolutely LOVE;

Also, a shop (a very famous one, too) that sells the speciality cured/dried meat Pastourmas – called Arapian. There is a connected restaurant Ta Karamanlidika Tou Fani that I would try some time in the near future.

Ta Karamanlidika Tou Fani (41, Evripidou str, Arapian)

This was an interesting experience for me. We were wandering about with no purpose around the market, and stumbled upon this lovely gem of a place. The guy behind the counter, Andreas, was very nice and kind to us. We tried the cured / dried meats on offer and we bought a variety of meats. The speciality of this shop is of course, Pastourmas. It’s cured beef covered with spices – fenugreek, cumin, allspice and paprika.

There is also Karamanlidika restaurant, close by, that serves the famous pastourma and other dishes and specialities of Greece. I would love to eat there one of these days.

Sunday morning breakfast – fried eggs with pastourmas. It was incredibly tasty. How could I have not encountered this heavenly (albeit strong-smelling) morsel before this moment? I have been here in Greece for quite a number of years, and have heard of pastourmas (and eaten it too, I suppose, yet not knowing what exactly is it that I am eating!), but I have to say this trip to the store really opened my eyes, and I thoroughly recommend you to check out Arapian, and ask for Andreas! He was extremely helpful, and we had a wonderful time tasting all the wonderful meats on selection.

How to make Fried Eggs with Pastourmas

In a frying pan, gently heat 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Break 2 fresh eggs into hot pan, careful to not break the yolk.
Once the whites of the eggs has started to cook, place a few slices of pastourmas into the pan – on the eggs and by the side to slightly crisp up the meat.
No need to add salt or pepper, the pastourmas will flavour the eggs.
If you don’t like your egg yolk runny, flip over the eggs and pastourmas to cook the yolk.
Serve immediately with some chunky bread.
Serves 1.

Other than pastourmas, I also bought some slices of beef pastrami, that I made into a simple pastrami sandwich – slices of pastrami with sliced gherkin pickles, with hot spicy English mustard on slices of chunky bread.

We stopped by a few other places, too, but I will keep that for another post! Don’t forget to check out my friend Alison’s page, too! Also, to clarify, ‘makan’ means eat in Malay, and ‘Makan-makan’ roughly translates to “eats” in the plural form. So, Athens Eats! Welcome to the new series, and if you have any recommendations, please drop me a line!

All photos by: Airinie Azhar-Konstantinidou
Source: Makan-makan Athens: Eastern Flavours: Part 1

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