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Our Döner place told us that most of germans and swiss can't handle a good spicy taste. This is why they do the soft version. But I am sure if you ask for Aci (pronounced :aji and means: spicy) they will had some Pul Biber in it!
nah, nonsense. You just shouldn't say "spicy", they don't understand what that means. You have to say "mit scharf" (incorrect German intended).
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Restaurant 1001, Niederdorfstrasse 4, 8001 Zurich

They make them as SPICY HOT as you want and I like mine as if my mouth would be set on fire!
that's still mediocre. Best Döner near Zurich: Kuyu Kebab, Kreuzlinger Straße, Konstanz (it's a German dish, after all).
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Old 22.04.2011, 13:59
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You have to say "mit scharf"
With an English accent, they may understand "mit Schaf" and you end up with a whole sheep.
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Old 22.04.2011, 13:59
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As is the fact that they keep the chopped-off meat warm for hours instead of cutting it off when ordered.
yes this is really annoying and if I tell them that I don't want it from the box (meat is dry) they stare strangely at me and continue. A few times i just walked off.
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Old 22.04.2011, 14:04
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No European country has a clue when it comes to 'hot'.

I've been to Thai restaurants where I ordered something and they said "NO, that's not for white people" (not because of the heat, but because of some stinky crab stuff), but they relented and served it to me in the end, and I thoroughly enjoyed it (though I had to ask for more chiles, several times).

I did have a lamb curry in Amsterdam once that was pretty much there, but that was once.

As a result, I grow my own, have about 150 seedlings to go into the garden next month, all types.

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Old 22.04.2011, 14:07
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that's still mediocre. Best Döner near Zurich: Kuyu Kebab, Kreuzlinger Straße, Konstanz (it's a German dish, after all).
Alrighty. Will check it out next time I'm in da hood and nothing less than a scorched mouth effect and flames will do!
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Old 22.04.2011, 14:37
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Our Döner place told us that most of germans and swiss can't handle a good spicy taste. This is why they do the soft version. But I am sure if you ask for Aci (pronounced :aji and means: spicy) they will had some Pul Biber in it!
That Swiss cannot handle spicy food is known with most restaurant staff. We got Indian food once and asked if we could get it spicy. The guy asked if we wanted "Swiss spicy" or "real spicy"
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Dear spicy people, I understand your suffering, I have it the other way around: I always ask for babyfood (this exact wording). That makes Thai and Indian poeple laugh at me, but client is happy and I am a good tipper for baby food.
I guess it is the client´s duty to order properly, the staf doesn't have a cristal ball.
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Dear spicy people, I understand your suffering, I have it the other way around: I always ask for babyfood (this exact wording). That makes Thai and Indian poeple laugh at me, but client is happy and I am a good tipper for baby food.
I guess it is the client´s duty to order properly, the staf doesn't have a cristal ball.
When my kids were babies, I gave them chiles.

They still love them.

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Old 22.04.2011, 15:40
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Where can you buy pul bib... Hey what are you doing on post?
You can buy it in probably any turkish grocery stores. If you can't find it, let me know, I'll send you some from my ''stuck''.

I am here on and off between naps and rest and more naps. No interesting TV channels to watch...

St2lemans,

I ate a lot of spicy food during both pregnancies and my daughter loves it. I expect my boy to do the same in few months..
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Old 22.04.2011, 19:45
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Our Döner place told us that most of germans and swiss can't handle a good spicy taste. This is why they do the soft version. But I am sure if you ask for Aci (pronounced :aji and means: spicy) they will had some Pul Biber in it!
Well for some reason, all Turkish restaurant staff call me Hajji - even if i've only walked into the place for the first time.

I can only imagine that if i follow your advice they'll be shouting "Hajji wants aji"

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Old 27.04.2011, 19:18
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Re: Kebabs and Chilli's

It weird, they never have that.
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Old 28.04.2011, 01:42
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that's still mediocre. Best Döner near Zurich: Kuyu Kebab, Kreuzlinger Straße, Konstanz (it's a German dish, after all).
A) a German dish ???? Shawarma Kebab / Döner Kebab is an Arab/Turkish dish ! ---- nothing to do with the "Federal Republic of New Turkey" (FRNT)

B) Best Shawarma Kebab here around (same as Döner, but in Arabic) is to be had in Palme de Beirut in Bertastr. 76 and in Cčdre in Badenerstr. 78 (plus the dépendence over on the Limmatquai), while a superb (Turkish) Döner Kebab is to be had in Manesse Marmara in Manessestrasse 28 (anyway an excellent Turkish restaurant)
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That Swiss cannot handle spicy food is known with most restaurant staff. We got Indian food once and asked if we could get it spicy. The guy asked if we wanted "Swiss spicy" or "real spicy"
I often get asked in Indian restaurants how I wanted it and I generally opt for "real spicy" and not "Euro spicy".

In case, you are Dutch, you might realize that Dutch taste is regarded as "no spices but straight out of the water" and that Dutch are thought only to know Genever as "spice"
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Old 28.04.2011, 02:03
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When my kids were babies, I gave them chiles.

They still love them.

Tom
My brother too would eat hot peppers straight ever since he was a toddler. I'm don't like food -too- hot. Some, but not to the point I can't actually taste the food. Spicy, yes. Hot, no.



I'm finding this conversation really funny. It seems that expats complain about the same things everywhere. Expats down here lament the Argentine extreme aversion to hot & spicy food (well, or any type of flavoring actually! lol).
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As for your kebab woes, you have my commisserations although there are some pretty good ones (chicken in my case) to be had from two places I know of. One in Zurich Center and the other in Winterthur. Neither beats my kebab local in the UK though.
Bosphorus Kebab in South Kensington was the best in London; have not come any similar quality ones in CH yet
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Re: Kebabs and Chilli's

It's okay, I am on a flight back to London tonight for a very long weekend...(I even re-scheduled my monday night flight for tues morning....)

Am taking the train from Gatwick to peterborough, so will look forward to a PROPER kebab in P'boro around midnight.... and to add authenticity there is a massive new Mosque there as well complete with dome and minaret.....
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Re: Kebabs and Chilli's

just get a ticket and go to Bursa, taste the real thing and you will never eat a doner kebab in EU again
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Old 28.04.2011, 12:26
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Bosphorus Kebab in South Kensington was the best in London; have not come any similar quality ones in CH yet
Another one to try out if I'm in that area and remember.

Ultmately, it's a case of each to their own taste and when or wherever you* find somewhere to your liking then IT to you is gonna be the best anywhere.

NB: you* = in generic terms
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Old 28.04.2011, 12:35
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Re: Kebabs and Chilli's

At my local kebab shop the guy just looked at me and asked Spicy? in english.

Perhaps the sun burn gave me away? Little miss pink nose.

And it was eye watering spiced. And he loads the meat on, so i can actually eat it cold for lunch the next day. All that for 10 francs.
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