Joss Whedon, what’s shawarma?

Avengers Shawarma shotSo who else was kind of stumped over the shawarma scene? For those who haven’t seen it, the fabled shawarma scene came at the very end of The Avengers credits after Tony Stark’s sudden craving for it during the ending of the movie. But what is shawarma? Stark didn’t even know… come find out!

According to Wikipedia,

Shawarma (Arabic: شاورما‎) is a popular Levantine Arab  meat preparation, where lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or mixed meats are placed on a spit (commonly a vertical spit in restaurants), and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat for serving, and the remainder of the block of meat is kept heated on the rotating spit. Although it can be served in shavings on a plate (generally with accompaniments), “shawarma” also refers to a pita bread sandwich or wrap made with shawarma meat. Shawarma is eaten with tabbouleh, fattoush, taboon bread, tomato, and cucumber.

It has been noted that the scene has given a “bump” to the shawarma vendors among  local communities. The Huffington Post actually features a good video of the scene from The Avengers  and then a tutorial on how to actually make shawarma. Aforementioned video is provided here for your viewing pleasure:


So after seeing The Avengers I gave in and searched for the nearest place that served the dish. Judging from the description, I figured it would be relatively similar to a Greek gyro. When I finally found the place, here’s what I ordered:

chicken shawarma dish
Chicken Shawarma Dish

The meal was pretty good, had a nice kick on it and I would have liked to try a beef variant but this was an excellent way to try out the mysterious dish. Mr. Joss Whedon, thank you for enlightening my life just a little bit more.


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Alex Añé

I am a geek, writer, web developer and avid comic book fan.

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