Over the weekend I got together for a pot-luck with some friends. My friend K. brought a salad made with a yogurt sauce that reminded me a lot of what is possibly the most delicious thing ever to have passed my lips: a dyuner (doner kebab). I hope I am getting the name right!
V. and I were in the southwestern Bulgarian city of Blagoevgrad in January, 2009. We were about to head back to Smolyan when we decided to grab some lunch first. Best decision EVER!
We found a little pedestrian shopping area and made our way to a small walk-up shop selling dyuner. V. tried explaining them to me and I said, “so it’s a gyro?” He didn’t know what I was talking about.
We ordered our chicken dyuner and took them back to his car to eat.
Wow. They were amazing. Beyond amazing. Like I thought, they were basically a gyro, only a million times better then any gyro I have ever eaten! The chicken was seasoned perfectly, the flat bread and vegetables were delicious, there was a tangy yogurt sauce drizzled over the whole thing, and the salty french fries made it. Yes, there are french fries in it. I guess it’s a Bulgarian thing. A yummy Bulgarian thing!
I loved it so much that a few days later I forced V. to take me to a similar street vendor in Smolyan so I could get another one. Alas, it was far from the same and I was very disappointed.
So now I am obsessing about Dyuner. A Blagoevgrad dyuner, specifically. I think a trip to Blagoevgrad and a scouring of the city for the exact vendor is on the top of my to-do list when I get to BG (I am still kicking myself for not getting the address of the place).
Maybe I’ll have to try to re-create one at home. I know I’ll only be disappointed, though!
If you ever get the chance to try one, do it!