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Afghan Tasty Food

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by Sue Stevenson (subscribe)
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Published August 26th 2013
I recommend the ashak - Afghan Tasty
Afghan Tasty Food, Dandenong, Afghan food, ashak,
Ashak dumpings, a staple Afghani food.
It's always good to try something new, especially when that something is food. And so for today's lunch I took a breath and plunged into the unknown world of Afghani food.

And yum.

I randomly chose a dish called ashak - a staple meal, apparently, comprising dumplings made with coriander, garlic, yoghurt, runny egg, cayenne papper and chickpeas. Oh my lordy lordy. Such a tasty little dish. So good, in fact, that I intended having a small bite for taste before taking a photo, but once I started I couldn't stop because yum.

And also, perhaps, why I rushed this shot and blurred it. Because I wanted to eat the rest o'it. But this isn't about me - it's about you ... and the food!

Afghan Tasty Food, Dandenong, Afghan food
Unpretentious, but the seating's comfy
Afghan Tasty Food in Dandenong is clean but its decor ain't nothing stupendous. Its seating, however, is comfy - the second most important element in a good eatery. Its menu isn't large, and at $15 a pop it's probably a little too pricey for everyday lunchtime fare. But if I could go there for lunch again tomorrow, I would - and I would be sorely tempted to have exactly the same dish all over again.

Other menu items include a variety of charcoal-grilled kebabs, pilau rice and mantu (beef dumplings). There are several vegetarian dishes besides the ashak, including borani banjan, an eggplant dish. I look forward to trying them all.

Afghan Tasty Food, 365 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong
365 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong
Located diagonally opposite the Dandenong Market, Afghan Tasty also has another outlet in the CBD. It's one of many Afghani eateries in Dandenong, but I was happy for my entry into the region's food to begin here.
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Why? Afghan Food is Tasty
When: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm
Phone: 03) 9792 4945
Where: 365 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong
Cost: Mains between $12-$18
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