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by Million Elephants (subscribe)
I'm a wine professional, living in Bangkok and travelling frequently throughout South East Asia. I'm a huge fan of Laos and Cambodia and off the beaten track travel. Feel free to contact me at:
Published July 2nd 2016
I wasn't really sure what it was, but it was unforgettable
halal snack pack
halal snack pack

There's something strange happening in Melbourne. Something strange and bizarrely appealing.

Let me put this in context. I've lived in Asia for many years and have just returned for an extended period.

When did the Halal Snack Pack emerge? I'm not really sure, but it seems to be a purely Australian phenomenon. It has a magnetic appeal. Firstly it's huge. A base of chips, normally thick cut, then liberally slathered in cheese, then topped off with your choice of meat, normally either lamb or chicken. Then finished off with your favourite sauce, or combination of sauces.

My preference is for chips, cheese, lamb and garlic and chilli sauces. The highlight for me being the chilli and garlic combination. There's something of a guilty pleasure to this creation. You know you're about to consume enough calories for a full weekend and as the potatoes are fried within an inch of their lives, there's no redeeming nutritionally quality to this.

city kebabs
city kebabs melbourne

That said the HSP (yes, it's become and acronym) has a huge following having apparently been debated in Parliament and having its own Facebook page.

It's like a clash of cultures in a styrofoam box, Anglo Chips and Cheese, and Eastern Kebab flavours.

My choice of HSP purveyors is City Kebabs, on Flinders Street half way between the Aquarium and the Spencer Street junction.

Often, while overseas I'm ask what is Australian Food, well here it is (well, one example anyway) in all it's glory.
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Why? It's huge, tasty and unforgettable
When: Until late
Where: City Kebabs, 546 Flinders Street Melbourne
Cost: $12
Your Comment
I wasn't aware. I actually live in Bangkok and back home for just a few months. Wonders will never cease.
by Million Elephants (score: 1|15) 1202 days ago
You know it obtained even more fame during the election campaign, right? Sam Dastyari invited Pauline Hanson to sample one in Sydney. She refused of course - being the narrow minded ex-chip shop owner she is - but now we all know what a HSP is!
by sophi73 (score: 0|7) 1202 days ago
I'm so excited to try this - it sounds fantastic. In Adelaide it's called an "AB". It's the exact same thing - chips, meat, sauce - at you get it from kebab shops. I'm glad I now know what it's called in Melbourne - thanks :)
by JMBowen (score: 1|52) 1194 days ago
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