reveal the identity of these meaty uzbek strips
my g and i sometimes go to this really sweet uzbek (possibly merely russian and uzbek-themed) place in northeast philadelphia, where everything is super cheap and delicious.
one time, out of recklessness, contrariness, or lagman fatigue, we ordered their greek salad. it was not greek salad, but a pile of shredded lettuce, tomato wedges, and crumbled mild farmer's cheese. but it was really good. scattered all over it were these small, chewy, almost hard little cured meat strips. they were dark dark red, smooth, and funky/salty, more like a very dense prosciutto than like a flaky thready beef jerky. what are these things? does anyone know? i want to order them in bulk and put them on everything.
thank you !!
If it had a spicy, pasty rind made from red peppers, then I agree it was probably Pastırma ( or bastirma, depending on the country you're in at the time).
In Turkey it is called Pastırma (the same root as pastrami). We buy it online from Tulumba.com and find this brand: http://www.tulumba.com/storeItem.asp?... to be our favorite. Dh is actually Armenian, even though he is from Turkey and this is his favorite. My dd, who is 9 thinks this is a gift of the gods. Definitely a favorite around here.