This juicy meat rotisserie combined with three flavorful sauces, plenty of fresh vegetables, and a warm, fluffy bread make the hearty and
heartwarming döner kebab. It’s arguably the most popular street food and late-night eat in Berlin and found on nearly every street corner. But only one stall draws
a line of both tourists and locals at all hours of the day. It’s called Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap. Customer: You can see. [laughs] Customer: It’s very juicy.
The chicken is amazing. Customer: Look, this is
definitely one of the best döner kebab I’ve ever had. Narrator: Cooking lamb meat
on a vertical rotisserie has been a popular tradition in Turkey and throughout the Middle East since the 18th century. But how did the döner kabab become a beloved sandwich in Berlin? In the 1960s, Germany
was in need of laborers, and so it began inviting Turkish citizens to work in the country. And many of them never left. Today, the country is home to the largest Turkish
community outside of Turkey. It’s said that one of
those Turkish immigrants, Kadir Nurman, was the first to introduce the sandwich to Berlin in the 1970s. Nurman had an idea for
feeding customers on the go. He took the original
döner plate and stuffed that roasted meat and salad into bread. Many argue that Middle Easterners were eating the sandwich long before it made its move to Germany’s capital. But Berlin claims it as their own today. Customer: The guy from
the hostel told us that it’s a good place to go. He had told us that we
should expect a queue. That’s what we are experiencing. Customer: But not too long, actually. Maybe 20 minutes. Customer: No, 45 minutes, something. Customer: It can get very, very long, like one hour at 7, 8 p.m., when, especially in the weekend. Narrator: Every morning,
they bring in a new piece of rotisserie döner meat, which weighs about 330 pounds and is prepared and
served throughout the day. Once the meat is ready and
the ingredients are prepared, Mustafa Gemüse Kebap opens for business and is ready to take its
first orders of the day. Narrator: Despite offering
a variety of sandwiches and snacks, their most popular dish is by far the traditional döner kebab. So what goes into this famous sandwich? First, a freshly baked piece of bread is buttered and toasted. Then the specialty sauces are mixed together inside the bread. Next, layers of thinly
sliced meat are added, followed by grilled vegetables and your fresh salad of choice. Topped off with cheese
and a squeeze of lemon. And… Customer: It was great. It was awesome. I’m quite blown away. Customer: I liked it very much. Narrator: Gemüse in
German means vegetables, and ensuring only fresh
vegetables go into the sandwich is what makes Mustafa Gemüse so special. Narrator: Döner kebab
is not just a sandwich; it is definitely a full meal. Customer: On Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap. Customer: Yeah.
[laughing] Customer: Mustafa Gemüse Kebap!