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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.