Travel around the world and you’ll find a different kind of skewered, fire-roasted meat wherever you go. As one of China’s most popular street foods, lamb skewers, or chuar (串儿)/ chuàn, “kebab“, are similar to Middle Eastern style lamb kebabs, but vary in the size of the cut and the way they’re seasoned.
The recipe for the lamb chuan’r is rather simple as this dish contains small pieces of meat with pieces of fat between them which is covered with grind cumin, chili flakes, and mix with salt and pepper. The small pieces of meat roasted on skewers over charcoal or sometimes, electric heat and then served right off the grill.
In addition to lamb, people enjoy grabbing skewers filled with beef, chicken, fish, or vegetables from street vendors in China. I was not prepared to see the meat being prepared out in the open where people walk by and can touch it and breathe on it…I am just glad I did not see any flies on the carcass. I will definitely be opting for a vegetable skewer.