“It’s nice to have a Kebah and you can have a good meal, it’s like a family,” said Kebaba shop owner Mohammed.
“It gives you something good and the Kebashis give you something.”
Kebabbas are traditionally eaten raw and eaten with onions, tomatoes and eggs.
In a typical Kebbab, the dough is made with eggs and spices like cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.
But many customers say they prefer to eat them cold or hot.
“The Kebakas are great because they’re not really hard to make,” said Mohammed.
His daughter, Saad, said the shop’s popularity grew in the 1990s, when the Kababs were imported from India and Bangladesh.
“In the beginning, we didn’t have much money, but now we have a big business,” she said.
A Kebba at the shop in California. “
When they first came here, we had no money, so we had to make them.”
A Kebba at the shop in California.
Photo: David Gray For Mr Al-Shammari, the success of the Kabbas has helped him get back on his feet.
“I used to go shopping every day and there was nothing here, but we were able to make the shop.
We can make all the Kabba’s we want now,” he said.
But he said he was still trying to find a job.
“Now I have to take a look for a job,” he added.
“My daughter is a student and we don’t know if she can go back to school.”
While the Kaba’s popularity is strong, it is not without controversy.
Some customers say it is too expensive for most people, and that the price of a typical Kabab is more than double that of a Kabab made in a traditional market.
Others, like Mr Al Shammari say they want to buy their own food at home, not at the Kibbutia market.
“People want to eat at home but we need to find jobs for the people who work here,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
I can’t go to the market and buy them.” “
They don’t pay enough for us.
I can’t go to the market and buy them.”
He also says the Koba market is now overcrowded with people who don’t speak Arabic.
“No one speaks Arabic here,” Mr Al Al-shammari said.
He is not alone in his views.
“Even the government has said that the Kubbas are a good thing, but people aren’t used to them,” Mr Kebabe said. ABC/wires