Sabah and Salma: ‘People here are mostly open-minded’

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Sabah (left) and Salma (right). Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Sabah and Salma: ‘People here are mostly open-minded’

Kebbe is my favourite dish. The mix of bulgur and meat is amazing, and you can fry, grill or bake it. We serve it with yoghurt.

We opened our restaurant called Damaskus six months ago. Neither of us had worked in a kitchen before, but my mother’s food is so good at home so we thought we could serve it to others as well. A lot of us are new in this country, so with our Syrian food we wanted people to get a feeling of home in Sweden.

People here are mostly open-minded; they don’t care who you are or what you are as long as you are a good person and don’t harm anyone. You can be whoever you want to be, do whatever you want, you can go crazy. Or just like dye your hair in a strange colour like me.


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Last updated: 5 April 2017

Alexander Mahmoud