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Best dishes countdown #53: Sambusas at Afro Deli

Buy a pan of these, and watch how they bring people together.

Buy a pan of these, and watch how they bring people together.

Afro Deli hired three full-time cooks to do nothing but wrap sambusas all day. Every culture has a dumpling, and here, they're made of the tenderest-ever deep-fried pastry hugging heavily spiced beef or chicken. They’re served with a bright green and face-blasting spicy “basbas” sauce.

Few food items are more comforting than a dumpling. They’re a stretch meal born out of necessity. Last night’s meat can become today’s delight with the cunning addition of pastry dough. They must be fashioned individually. It's a one-by-one labor of love that improves exponentially with years of nimble practice.

Buy a pan full, drop it in the middle of a table, and watch how they bring people together.

Afro Deli St. Paul 

5 W. Seventh Place, St. Paul 

651-888-2168

afrodeli.com

Afro Deli Minneapolis 

1939 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis  

612-871-5555

afrodeli.com 

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