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Salang Kabob House - Toms River

Thanks to the recent tip ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580443 ) from Tapas52, I made sure to stop in at the Salang Kabab House while I was in the area on Saturday for a take-out lunch. Everything is made freshly and has a nice home-cooked feel to it. I ordered the following from the “daily specials” board:

Two appetizers:
- Bolany. Fried potato turnovers served with yogurt sauce on the side. This probably would be really nice served hot and fresh from the stove, but was a little bland and chewy by the time I got it home.
- Aushak. Very tasty dumplings topped with peas, carrots, and yogurt sauce. I liked these the best of the meal.

Two vegetarian dishes:
- Eggplant. Kind of a smoky grilled flavor. Cooked with onions, topped with yogurt sauce. Very good.
- Chickpeas. Nicely spiceful with onion and small slivers of sweet red peppers. Think chana masala from an Indian restaurant, but not in a gravy.

Two meat platters, both served with rice (pallaw), a small lettuce salad, and a slightly zippy green chutney sauce on the side:
- Beef kabobs. Chunks of tender, seasoned beef with seasoned rice. The beef was flavorful, perhaps a little gamey, but good. Preferred slightly over the chicken.
- Chicken kabobs. Chunks of chicken with a differently seasoned rice (than that served with the beef). The meat had a bit of a smoky flavor, but was not dry.

I took a menu with me and will post that separately. There are beef, lamb, chicken, and vegetarian entrees. The owners/operators are a friendly husband and wife couple now residing locally (after living in another part of NJ for quite a while), but originally from Kabul, Afghanistan.

This is their first time in the restaurant business, and I suspect business has been very slow for them during these first few weeks of being open. My guess is that it’s not due just to the holiday season, but probably also the area … not sure how much the incidental traffic along Route 9 is inclined toward new and different cuisines, and store-front signage is poor.

Chowhounds, however, should be very pleased and make an effort to get to Salang Kabob House. It’s the kind of non-typical ethnic restaurant that most of us wish we had more of in our area. Naturally, whether the chow is deserving of praise is a personal opinion, but I do hope you find the time to try Salang Kabob House and encourage your friends to try it too. …I know I’ll be back to taste more of our private corner of southwest Asia.

Salang Kabob House
1616 Lakewood Rd = Rt 9 Southbound at Church Rd; across from the 7-11
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 279-6097

Open every day 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Delivery with minimum of $25 order

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Salang Kabob House
1616 Lakewood Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755

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  1. njfreqflyer

    Thanx so much for your review.....
    I will surly try to get myself there in the weeks to come. It sounds very interesting.

    Happy New Year

    1. Thanks, NJFreqFlyer! BTW, with what are the Aushak filled? ty.

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      1. re: lorisueb

        According to the menu, the filling is leek and scallion. It was a fairly mild taste, although the combination with the dumpling and the toppings made it all very tasty.

        1. re: njfreqflyer

          This site was formerly the "GREEN ONION DINER" if I remember correctly.

      2. I was just about to ask if it was the old Green Onion....you beat me to it! :)

        1. * * * MENU * * *

          Salang Kabob House

          New taste. New style. Old country traditional food.

          APPETIZERS.
          - Aushak. Leek and scallion filled dumplings topped with yogurt and meat sauce, sprinkled with mint. ($4.99)
          - Mantu. Steamed dumplings with chopped beef, onions, and herbs topped with yogurt and mixed vegetables. ($5.99)
          - Bulanee. Turnover filled with potatoes, scallions, and herbs. ($4.99)
          - Pakawra-E-Katchalu. Batter dipped, sautéed slices of potatoes topped with yogurt and meat sauce. ($4.99)

          SOUP.
          - Aush. Traditional noodle and yogurt soup with garbanzo and kidney beans, flavored with mint and dill. ($2.99)

          PLATTERS.
          - Aushak. Leek and scallion filled dumplings topped with yogurt and meat sauce, sprinkled with mint. ($7.99)
          - Mantu. Steamed dumplings with chopped beef and onions topped with yogurt and mixed vegetables. ($7.99)
          - Kabob lamb. Tender chunks of lamb. ($10.99)
          - Kabob-E-Murgh. Tender chunks of breast of chicken. ($9.99)
          - Kabob-E-Tika. Skewer of tender cubes of beef. ($9.99)
          - Chapil Kabob. Tender lean seasoned ground beef served with chutney. ($9.99)
          - Combination Kabob. Skewer of beef and skewer of chicken. ($12.99)
          - Quabili Pallaw. Tender pieces of lamb under a mound of pallaw, topped with carrot strips and raisins. ($9.99)

          All kabobs are marinated in herbs and fine spices, charbroiled on skewer and served with pallaw, salad, and bread.

          VEGETARIAN PLATTERS. The following entrees are served with challaw. Our challaw is seasoned white rice.
          - Challaw Badenjan. Stew of eggplant cooked with onions and tomatoes, topped with yogurt. ($8.99)
          - Challaw Sabsi. Stew of spinach cooked with onion and garlic. ($8.99)
          - Lobya Challaw. Kidney beans cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices, topped with yogurt and sprinkled with mint. ($8.99)
          - Dal Chalaw. Slow cooked yellow lentils with onion and garlic. ($8.99)

          DESSERT.
          - Firnee. Cornstarch pudding served chilled and topped with pistachios. ($2.99)

          DRINK.
          - Chava. Relaxing tea. ($2.50)
          - Soda, water.

          1. Kabob lamb over the rice is my favorite.......great food

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            1. re: junobel152

              junobel152

              Have you dined there yet?

              1. re: Tapas52

                I pass this place all the time and basically just by the location, I would never have stopped there. But, now that I have read the great reviews I will make it a point to try it for lunch.

                1. re: Babs16

                  Great babs awaiting your review soon...I also will venture there when I have a chance also.

            2. We passed the place last night; should have gone there. Instead we went to the Indian Place down the Road...Armaatran or something like that. Disappointed. Not that great. Tandoori India in Ocean still the best around if you ask me.

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              1. re: CatLadyJan

                catladyjan.....sorry to hear about you dining experience...could you elaborate a bit on Armaatran....it was on my list would like to hear your review. Salang seems to be one pof those deceptive looking places with good food?

                1. re: CatLadyJan

                  Catlady -- your experience at Aamantran sounds like mine last year. If you want to post additional comments on your meal, here's the thread from last summer.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/526656

                  I did enjoy my one meal at Salang Kabob last month. I'm planning to go back this week!

                  1. re: njfreqflyer

                    We had the same type of dining experience at Aamantran. We went there for the buffet and it was not worth the price that they charge. We found the food to be mediocre at best.

                    We actually left here hungry.

                2. Wanting to avoid the typical Valentine's Day rip off, the wife and I decided to take a drive over to Salang Kabob House and try something unusual. We were very pleased with the outcome. No need to mention the food here again, just wanted to join those that have said good things. If you do go you must have the Chava tea relaxation drink at the end of your meal and you will be rewarded that night with pleasant dreams for sure.

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                  1. re: JerzeyShore

                    jerzeyshore....I passed Salang KH yesterday....its on my list to try for sure very soon.
                    any recommendations on some of the dishes.

                    1. re: Tapas52

                      Tapas52, The wife and I had both types of dumpling the Mantu steamed with chopped beef and the Aushak filled with leek, scallion and yogurt as an app. Then we had Kabob-E-Murgh w/ chicken and Kabob-E-Tika w/ beef. The next time we will try the lamb. Everything very tasty ...

                      1. re: JerzeyShore

                        JerzeyShore thank you ...I love good kabobs & will definitly get there very soon.Is this an Afghan influenced cuisine?

                        1. re: Tapas52

                          Yes indeed this is an Afghan restaurant and they are open seven days a week from 11:30 AM.

                          1. re: JerzeyShore

                            Finally stopped to try this restaurant. I picked up take out and while the food was Ok not sure I would go back. I ordered an app of dumplings with a yogurt topping. It was tasty but not anything that I would try again. I got the chicken and lamb over a really delicious sweet tasting rice. The lamb was a little chewy and dried out. There were three peices of each. The chicken on the other hand was very moist. It cost me about $23 for lunch for the two dishes.

                            I think that I will spend my money elsewhere

                  2. On the way to work I passed by tonight around 6pm & they were pretty full with diners.
                    I have to get a chance to try it soon. I love a good Kabob!

                    1. ive stopped today for lunch because i heard good things about the place and i had the mantu appetizer with the lamb kabob platter over the rice it was juicy and delicious. it was something diffrent the sauce chatney was nice and spicy and gave it i nice kick to the rice and meat. also the bread was very tasty with the meal. i ended my lunch with a relaxation drink called chawa ive never had anything like it. i definitly recommend the food and drink. it was worth spending my money. i will definitly be back with family and friends. i could keep on going all day about this restaurant

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                      1. re: armw

                        We went to the kabab house lastnight with some friends the food was delicious we drought our own wine .we had the balonee, manto, and aushak app. it was a different taste but very good . We all ordered different kabab platters plus 2 side of eggplant and
                        potato dishes all i can say is that the food was magnificent the meat was juicy the rice i love i recommed salang kabab house to everybody that wants a good meal i will definitly be back there to dine and also to try there relaxation tea

                        1. re: armw

                          Stopped for lunch yesterday. The owner was complaining they just weren't drawing the crowds they need and it seemed like they might not last. No one was there at 12:30 when I went to lunch. Nice people. had the Lamb Kabob over rice and salad and one of the appitizers, I think beef. The outside looks as bad or worse then when it was the green onion. My other issue and it's just me because I'm probably cheap but for a $20.00 meal for lunch, I'd almost rather go to the India buffet down the block which I do like or have sushi in town. They really need a lunch priced menu and that might have been the problem. BUT I DID LIKE THE FOOD and wish them success. They just need a kick ace sign out front to drive traffic. Painting the word Salang Kabob on the walls was a little too authentic for me.

                        2. The owners are so warm and friendly, the food is terrific too. If this restaurant had a different location it would be full. Unfortunately, I think too many people are reluctant to stop in and try it. If you are one of those people, trust me.... stop in, you will be greeted with a smile and be glad you did.

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                          1. re: franrtr

                            franrtr can you elaborate a bit on what you had to eat there...it's still on my list ? thanks

                          2. stopped in last night with my bf

                            the food was delicious--had the soup and potato appetizer and the chicken kabob and the dahl were incredible

                            the chava tea is a must have--its sweet but not too much and just perfect blend of seasonings

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                            Salang Kabob House
                            1616 Lakewood Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755

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                            1. re: fogR

                              I was recommended by someone at work to go checkout this "hole in the wall". I looked it up and found this review, which got me motivated and excited. Unfortunately, I had a REALLY bad experience. The lady (or her husband) were not in the restaurant when we arrived. There were two people there. One African American, who was from Philly and was somehow related to the owners, and the other who was also related and had been in the country for only a week or so. He didn't speak a word of English.

                              Bottom line is that the owner(s) were nowhere to be found and the two apps we ordered were "already prepared" (as was told to us by the guy from Philly). The food seemed stale and had no taste to it. So, we simply paid for the apps, left the place disappointed and went to the Jamaican food place not too far away from Salang.

                              I'm all for trying out such places and supporting the owners as much as possible, so I might give them another chance, but just a FYI to anyone trying to go there -- make sure to call ahead and make sure the owner/chef are available when you get there.

                              1. re: rukna

                                where & how was the jamaican restaurant ?

                              1. re: njfreqflyer

                                Passed it today FOR SALE sign in window now.