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
, 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 chili powder
and then toast on a griddle.