Shish taouk
Shish taouk

Shish taouk or shish tawook[1] (Arabic: شيش طاووق; Hebrew: שישליק עוף; Turkish: tavuk şiş[2][3]) is a traditional marinated chicken shish kebab of Ottoman cuisine that later became part of Middle Eastern cuisine. It is widely eaten in the Middle East and Caucasus.[4] A similar dish in Persian cuisine is the traditional jujeh kabab. It is also served in kebab houses in many cities around the world.[5]


Shish in Syrian-Arabic dialects or şiş in Turkish means skewer. Some scholars assert that it is itself a Persian loanword from sikh,[citation needed] others say that it comes from the root "sı" in old Turkish meaning "to cut".[6] It has been adopted in Egyptian Arabic, Lebanese-Arabic and Syrian-Arabic dialects. Tavuk (pronounced [taˈvuk]) comes from old Turkic takagu and means chicken.[7]


The dish consists of cubes of chicken that are marinated, then skewered and grilled. Common marinades are based upon yogurt and lemon juice or tomato puree, though there are other variations.

Methods of serving

The dish is eaten either as a sandwich or on a platter with vegetables, sometimes with rice or French fries. The Turkish cuisine version is generally served with rice, yogurt, cucumber salad and skewer-grilled vegetables. The Syrian and Lebanese version is usually served with toum (a garlic paste sauce), hummus and tabbouleh. The sandwich version comes generally in a flatbread or as a dürüm, and frequently accompanied by lettuce, tomatoes, and pickled turnips.

See also


  1. ^ Sari Edelstein (22 October 2010). Food, Cuisine, and Cultural Competency for Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Professionals. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. pp. 573–. ISBN 978-1-4496-5968-4.
  2. ^ Virginia Maxwell (15 September 2010). Istanbul. Lonely Planet. pp. 145–. ISBN 978-1-74220-404-8.
  3. ^ Ozcan Ozan (13 December 2013). The Sultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 179–. ISBN 978-1-4629-0639-0.
  4. ^ Lisa M. Ross; Lisa Akoury-Ross (1 June 2009). New American Cuisine for Today's Family: Fresh Ideas to Prepare Healthy Mediterranean Meals in Under 30 Minutes. SDP Publishing LLC. pp. 69–. ISBN 978-0-9824461-1-9.
  5. ^ Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad; Jane I. Smith (1 January 2002). Muslim Minorities in the West: Visible and Invisible. Rowman Altamira. pp. 138–. ISBN 978-0-7591-0218-7.
  6. ^ "şiş". Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  7. ^ "tavuk". Retrieved 15 November 2014.