With “kabob” in its name, you might think the skewered stick of protein and vegetables is the most prized dish at this below ground, no-frills Afghan restaurant. The kabobs may shine, but the unassuming star is the hummus. Whether you order it as a starter or grab some to go for at-home dipping, the smooth hummus and warm, doughy afghan bread is a must try.
The homemade blend of steamed chickpeas, tahini, and lemon is finished with that classic twirl of the spatula, a drizzle of olive oil to pool in the recessed swirls, and a dash of paprika, a simple look that’s somehow unsuccessfully replicated when we try at home. But the game-changing component is the side of cilantro chutney that arrives to accompany your chickpea spread. Spoon it atop your hummus-dipped bread or dump the contents of the tangy, vinegar concoction into your hummus bowl. Whatever you do, make sure you have a bit in each bite.
More bread, please.
Sansom Kabob House, 1526 Sansom Street, 215-751-9110.
Photo courtesy of Mac & Cheese