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'Pizza war' breaks out between Turkey and Armenia Print

Turkish media up in arms at Armenian efforts to promote ‘lamadjo’ - known as ‘lahmacun’ in Turkey - as a national delicacy internationally.Pizza War
 
The opening of two Armenian restaurants in Russia has caused a stir in Turkey over a perceived drive to brand a popular Turkish pizza-like food as an Armenian national dish.
 
Lamadjo’, as it is known in Armenian, or ‘lahmacun’ in Turkish, is a thin circular piece of dough topped with minced meat or lamb, tomatoes, parsley and spices which is then baked, and is claimed as a national foodstuff by both countries. 

The seemingly innocuous restaurant openings - reported in a Turkish newspaper earlier this month - have caused outrage in Turkey, leading to a spate of media coverage and even television shows explaining why the dish is Turkish and not Armenian, al-Monitor reported.

It’s not the first time food has caused diplomatic tensions between Ankara and Yerevan, either: Turkey was outraged when ‘lavash’, a tortilla like flatbread, was described on Unesco’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as “an expression of Armenian culture” in 2014.  

The decision led to protests in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, all of whom claimed it was a regional rather than an Armenian food. The issue is still on the menu at next month’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will be hosted by Unesco in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

The following Turkish restaurants are currently (October 2016) certified by SANHA:
  1. Turkish Kebab House - 79 Church St, Mayfair 011-025-1123

  2. Turkish Shawarma & Grill – Melville (Cnr 3rd Ave & 7th St)    083-386-4845

  3. Ottoman Palace Turkish Restaurant – Midrand (Nizamiye Complex, Le Roux Ave)  011-312-6633

  4. The Turkish Table – Hatfield (526 Duncan   Walk) 012-364-5001

  5. Empire Turkish Shawarma & Kebab – Overport (267 Sparks Rd) 031-207-8152    

  6. Istanbul Kebab & Shawarma – Fordsburg (The Train, Mint Rd) 011-024-2494

  7. Istanbul Kebab & Shawarma – Fordsburg (52 Central Rd)    011-056-5749

  8. Istanbul Kebab & Shawarma – Sandton (333 Rivonia Boulevard)  011-051-4781

  9. Istanbul Kebab & Shawarma – Ormonde (11 Crownwood Rd)    079-146-0379
 
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