It’s all Greek to me!
The humble kebab has long dominated 3am food runs, but now there’s a tasty new treat hitting Brisbane – yiros! But what is a yiros and how could it possibly compare to the glorious kebab?
Yiros is a traditional Greek dish. Fluffy, fresh pita bread is lightly scorched on the grill, then filled with juicy lamb, pork or chicken, tomato, red onion, parsley, shredded lettuce, tzatziki sauce and chips. All these items are usually part of the filling but you can also have them as a side dish.
If you think I just described a pretty standard kebab, you’d be wrong; it’s the subtle differences between the two that make the most impact.
Kebabs, for instance, originate from Turkey and Lebanon – hence why they use Lebanese flatbread. Kebabs are also toasted after being assembled. On the other hand, a yiros dish uses pita bread, and it’s not toasted after assembly. Different spices are also used to flavour and marinate the meat.
While you can add feta cheese or haloumi to your yiros, the Greek dish doesn’t offer much variation. A standard kebab has a multitude of sauce options, as well as cheese and other fillings such as falafel and tabouli that can be added.
Depending on where you live, you may know it as yiros, gyros or even yeeros – whatever you call it, it’s a delicious meal. With Brisbane’s Paniyiri Greek Festival coming up on May 20 and 21, do yourself a favour and embrace some Greek flavour!