10 Best Halal Dishes in Los Angeles
|Susan Ji-Young Park|
As you park your car, you notice a buffet station in the back of the restaurant and you hope there's an a la carte menu. As it turns out, the inexpensive lunch buffet caters to budget-conscious students from El Camino College across the street. A glimmer of hope: Upon entering, you are greeted by two of the five charming Shinwari siblings who operate the restaurant serving mother Laila's recipes. Kabuli palao apparently is the national dish of Afghanistan. The version at Afghan Express serves love of country exceedingly well. A spoon-tender whole lamb shank comes buried under a mound of basmati rice, slivered almonds, plump raisins and lightly caramelized carrots gently perfumed with sweet spices. It is, quite possibly, the finest redaction of classic Islamic cookery you will ever have in a Los Angeles restaurant for the bargain price of $13.99. 15900 Crenshaw Blvd. "C," Gardena; 310-920-7732.
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Susan Ji-Young Park wrote three articles for Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Follow her on Twitter at @SParkThis. Want more Squid Ink? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
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