Monthly Archives: April 2013

Lawash Bakery & Kebab Shop

Nothing fancy about this place but who needs fancy when the food is great and good value too! Some say it’s Turkish food some say Middle Eastern but food of that region are similar anyway. The guys manning the charcoal fire and cash register were Afghan brothers by the way. We’ll be sure to confirm actual origin of food when we see them again.

We had the Chicken Al-Fam with rice which is a grilled half chicken in too many spices to figure out with buttered rice, salad and cucumber yoghurt dip for AUD12 (approx. USD12). Enough for two to share. Also had 2 skewers of the Shami kebab which is a spiced minced lamb which came with lots of Lawash baked flat bread (part pita, part turkish bread), salad and cucumber yoghurt dip for AUD8 (approx. USD8). We had their baklavas (pistachio, cashew varieties among others) for dessert (AUD1.40 / approx. USD1.40 each) which are truly amazing. They also have chicken and lamb kebabs – pieces are chunky, wraps, kurma and other breads which we’ll give a go the next time we’re there.

Totally forgot to take pictures of the food! We finished it before we could take any because the food was that good! Will add that later. EDIT (14 JUNE 2013): Finally got a picture of the food! See below.

Address: 115 South Road, Thebarton 5031, South Australia
Phone: +61 8 8354 0707 (dial 08 8354 0707 if in Australia)
Hours: 8am – 9:30pm daily


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An Al-Musafir App?

We think there ought to be a better way for us to connect in order to obtain and share travel experiences – so that we can find information on locations that are specific and not specific to Muslims more quickly and accurately. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this in real-time and at our finger tips?

We believe it’s possible and the best way to do it is through the smartphone – almost everyone has or will be getting one. That’s why we’re going ahead to build a smartphone app to allow Muslims globally to connect on a single platform. We want it to be useful, easy to use and FREE for users. Insha’ Allah, we will all be able to benefit from the Al-Musafir app.

Register at http://signup.al-musafir.com to be among the first to use it.

First Trip to Adelaide

My wife and I first visited Adelaide in September 2011. We flew in from Melbourne for a day to get a feel of the place which we would call home for at least 2 years from 2012. From the airport, we took a short bus ride to the city. One thing that strikes you about Adelaide is how pleasant the people are, our first encounter with a lady bus driver. To top that off, the bus ride was free because the ticket machine didn’t work. We got off at the end of Grenfell Street which is parallel to Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s main shopping precinct in the city. From there, we walked to the Central Market, the largest fresh produce market in the southern hemisphere. It sure looked like it. We also made it a point to do our Solah at the Adelaide City Mosque which is not too far from the Central Market. It is reputed to be Australia’s first and oldest mosque – take a look at the picture of the plaque. Really nice that they retained the minarets. It’s bright and cosy inside. I especially like the small square green tiles laid in the area where the Imam leads the prayers. During this short trip to Adelaide, I now knew where I would go for my friday prayers. I still go there now that I’m in Adelaide for the long term.

I Am a Musafir

My home town is in Penang, Malaysia. I have lived abroad for a good part of my life albeit at different times of my life. Even when I was in Malaysia, I lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur which is about 360kms away from Penang. It has been and continues to be an interesting journey.

At 4 years old, my family and I moved to the United States from Malaysia to follow my father who was pursuing his studies. We lived in Ohio for 18 months and a further 4 years in Manhattan, New York. We returned to Malaysia and I left the country again when I was 18 for Melbourne, Australia for 2 years to complete the final two years of my basic degree. I returned to Melbourne again when I was 26 to do my masters degree and returned a year later. At 34, I left Malaysia yet again and have been living in Adelaide, Australia for the last 13 months.

I was inspired to start this blog to share my experiences as a musafir as well as encourage others to share their experiences too. It is not always easy to find information on places that every Muslim needs to know such as mosques and the nearest Halal butcher especially if you are in a non-Muslim country. My dream is for all Muslims to be able to have quick access to accurate information on locations deemed important for every Muslim. Ambitious as it is, I believe we can start by sharing our travel experiences. Stay tuned for more…

About Al-Musafir

Peace Be Upon You. This blog is dedicated to the musafirs – all Muslims who travel near or far, within their home country, town or village, or from their home country to other countries, be it for work, vacation, education, greener pastures or whatever the reason may be. In one way or another, we are all musafirs, walking to the mosque down the road or performing the Haj in Mecca.

Let’s share and exchange stories on our experiences as Muslims, always moving, always on the go, no matter where we may be. By sharing our travel experiences, we will be able to learn from and help fellow Muslims to find information on locations that are specific to Muslims such as mosques and Halal food stores but also those not specific to Muslims but essential nonetheless such as malls, banks and parks.

If you have a travel experience you’d like to share on Al-Musafir, email theteam@al-musafir.com and we’ll post that for you.

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