In Beijing there are many street stalls selling Muslim delicacies and snacks such as ‘Chuan rou’ (‘Chuan’ means ‘skewered’ and ‘Rou’ means ‘meat’ in Mandarin Chinese) – in fact, they have become so popular they are found all over China, and not just in the north.
Here, the meat is coated in spices, skewered and then cooked on a grill or barbeque, which gives it an irresistible smoky flavour. It is served with a simple orange fennel salad, which complements the spiciness of the dish. For a Western serving suggestion, lightly coat some plain ciabatta bread with olive oil, season with ground fennel, cumin, salt, paprika and chilli powder and then toast on a griddle.... Read more.
Soak 8–10 wooden skewers in water for about 20 minutes.
Combine all the ingredients for the seasoning in a bowl. Add the meat and stir to coat in the spices, then thread the meat onto the skewers.
Heat a griddle pan over a high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Place the skewers in the pan and cook until browned on one side, then turn them over and cook for l minute. Take off the heat and serve.
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