Fairmont’s first Afghani restaurant, Bamiyan Kebab House, opens in Winooski | Food News | seven days

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  • Melissa Bassanen
  • Awran Hashimi and Wardak Karimi

the brothers orange And the Minister Qoul al-Hashemi opened Kebab House Bamiyan Last Thursday at 65 Winooski Falls Way in the vacant place Shafer’s Market & Deli. The Hashemites believe their new venture, named after their home province and capital in Afghanistan, is Vermont’s first Afghan restaurant.

Oran said the name of the area and the restaurant also mean “shining light.”

Bamyan Kebab House will be open daily except Monday for lunch and dinner, serving a wide range of dishes such as grilled and marinated meats over spiced rice; steamed stuffed dumplings called mantou; A fried, flaky pastry stuffed with green onions and vegetables is called bulani.

“Mantou is one of the most famous Afghan dishes,” Oran said. “It’s the first thing people cook if you’re a guest.”

All meats are halal and no alcohol is served. The Hashemites requested special ovens for cooking kebabs.

Oran, 29, lives in Winowski. He came to Boltney from Afghanistan in 2011 on a US government-sponsored student exchange program and stayed to attend the now closed Green Mountain College. He then earned a master’s degree in human resources and strategic management from the University of Denver. While studying in Vermont, he arranged for his younger brother to join him in the United States on a student visa.

“I had no idea of ​​opening a restaurant, but since Vermont accepted so many Afghan refugees, we decided to open this space as a social space for them to connect, feel close to home, and also introduce Afghan culture to Vermonters,” Oran said.

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chef Bibi Nakhod He will lead the kitchen with the help of an assistant chef Wardak Karimi. Both are among the Afghan refugees newly resettled in the United States after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

Nakhod said he was a chef in Afghanistan. Her husband worked for the US government and was killed during the war. Karimi was a soldier in the US-trained army.

Oran remembers how different and alien Vermont felt when he first arrived from Afghanistan. Eleven years later, he said he is excited to welcome more of his Afghan comrades and hopes his family’s restaurant will help the newcomers settle in.

“It’s really hard to leave the house,” Oran said. “It doesn’t matter how retarded she is, and how hard it is. [to live there]. It’s still home.”

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