Khyber-Pahtunkhwa (or KPK for short) in Pakistan is a place renowned for its love of food – specifically meat.

And when you’re talking about meat in KPK, there is nothing, I mean nothing, more beloved than the chapli kebab – the life-changing King of all meat patties.

Possibly one of the best meat dishes I have ever had in my entire life – I can’t wait to share this incredible meal with you.

Palm Oil, Rendered Animal Fat, and Buffalo Mince Patties.

Flames, iron, and animal fat

Throughout Pakistan, but especially in Khyber-Pahtunkhwa, you’ll find chapli kebabs.

However, probably the most renowned restaurant or area in the country, which has legendary status, is the village of Taru Jabba near Peshawar, and more specifically Rambail Chapli Kebab restaurant, Taru Jabba, Pakistan.

If there was one single place I wasn’t going to miss on my trip to Pakistan, this was it.

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Watch the entire video to see the raging bonfire, sizzling chapli kebabs, and juicy meat!

(Or you can watch it on YouTube here)

Bonfire of Oil and Meat Kebabs
These wonderfully friendly men creating one of the World’s Ultimate Meats

When we arrived to Rambail Chapli Kebab, my jaw-dropped.

I gazed into the bonfire, and could hardly believe my eyes – the beauty of the kebabs lapping around the bubbling fat pool fueled by the flames was unreal.

The size of the pan, cauldron, meat bathtub, whatever you could possibly call it, is IMMENSE. The pan itself has handles, but I can only guess how many people it would take to move it at all.

Looking as though the construction was intending to be a stage, the cooking top fits directly into the walls and floor of the restaurant.

With all that heat rising, the two head chefs elevating in front are like a mirage – a meat oasis.

Chapli Kebabs in Mardan
Cloves of garlic? Or deliciously massive chunks of bone marrow!

Thumb-sized chunks of  bone marrow

The chapli kebab usually includes ground beef or buffalo, and in this case it is buffalo meat.

Recipes vary from restaurant to restaurant, but most versions of chapli kebab include tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, and chilies, plus cumin seeds, coriander leaves, garam masala, and chili powder, and finally kernels of a local wheat.

Typically the chef bare-hand mixes piles of raw meat with all the added seasonings and ingredients, before forming them into burger patty shapes and swiftly pressing massive chunks of bone marrow into the tops of each patty (a specialty ingredient at Taru Jabba).

He slaps the chapli directly onto the blazing hot iron, again by hand, launching it into the small sea of melted animal fat in which it fries.

It looks like a tasty meat raft, floating away from shore.

Taru Jabba on the GT Road
The front yard seating

Favorite kebab of Khyber-Pahtunkhwa

As the patties fry in an extremely large amount of oil and the meat’s own fat, hot roti breads come from a nearby tandoor clay oven at incredible rates.

Along with the roti they serve you a sour chutney full of red onions, and finally a side plate of cut veggies, cucumber or red carrot, some extra chilies, and wedges of a local species of orange (this is essential).

When your chapli kebab arrives (on a separate plate, scorching and sizzling hot), you season it yourself by squeezing the orange juice all over it, and then ripping off a chunk of roti bread for your first glorious bite of meat.

Pakistani street food
The greatest meat patty formation in the world

Buffalo meat and heavenly spices

Enjoy your chapli, and don’t worry if you faint of delicious unbelief.

The magically delicious, almost other-worldly deliciousness that comes from a chapli kebab, is a result of the minced meat and spices, and most notably the frying process in its own fat.

The outside of the kebab is crunchy while the interior gushes with fatty juices and the bone marrow melts on your tongue.

chapli kebab
It just gets juicier and juicer

Only after the richness of the meat hits your mouth, do you then begin to acknowledge the cumin and coriander seed spices that just sort of creep into your taste buds.

It’s one of the richest, and not only one of the greatest tasting meat patty formations, but one of the greatest meat dishes I’ve ever had in the world.

I will tell you straight:

No burger will ever be the same again.

Without a doubt, chapli kebabs are the king of meat patty kebabs, and the small village of Taru Jabba, is likely the best place in the world to eat them.

Rambail Chapli Kebab, Taru Jabba
Address: Located East of Peshawar, on the GT Road, (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 8 PM, Open Daily
Price Range: Our entire meal was 590 PKR (US$4.50)

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  • MWA

    5 months ago

    Thanks for sharing such amazing food and culture.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      You are most welcome MWA, have a great day today!

  • gayatri

    6 months ago

    Keep up…

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Thank you! 🙂 And right back to you, please keep up your great support!

  • khalid

    6 months ago

    wow just wow u showed us the other side of pakistan. I never though it was so beautiful. i swear you make me want to visit there. Please can you go to Afghanistan.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Khalid, wonderful comment, thank you for taking the time to write. We would absolutely love to visit Afghanistan, actually we are trying to make plans already. Thanks, and I hope you have a chance to visit Pakistan yourself as well!

  • Gab

    6 months ago

    This will definitely go on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing Mark, the Pakistan series was the best I’ve seen so far. The diversity of the country food wise and landscape wise was mind-blowing. You make me want to explore more and to travel around the world, discovering cultures and I’m very thankful for that. So keep up the amazing work!

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Gab! Thanks for watching the videos, and thanks for supporting the blog as well! I hope you have the chance to visit Pakistan, its a magical place, and if you want my own advice, I recommend you doing it sooner than later! Countries like Pakistan are parts of the world where culture is changing rapidly (not in the North so much, but in the populated cities quite rapid change), but, thankfully too, the people of Pakistan know what they like when it comes to food *Chapli Kebabs!!* and so a few restaurants like this at Taru Jabba have been around for 40-50 years, and probably will continue to do so… 🙂

  • Idrees

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark and Team,
    Kudos to you for showing the rich diversity and food culture of Pakistan. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the videos and Chapli Kabab is one of my favorite dish. Please do provide us an opportunity to welcome you again in this beautiful country.

  • russia

    7 months ago

    i’m blown away – LONG LIFE FOOD in Hunza Valley – HEAVEN ON EARTH, Pakistan | Pakistani Food Tour! – this episode is probably my favorite in the whole pakistani tour so far

    to have the luxury to see such authentic peoples, their homes and culture is again, unparalleled; thank you so much for introducing such treasure to us; oh, man! i’m blown away!! such hospitality; no aggression whatsoever; just kindness, humility, depth, respect, laughter … i’m moved yet again …

  • russia

    7 months ago

    spectacular pakistani tour
    mind blowing; breath taking

    “On the eastern coast of the Black Sea and the southwestern section of the Caucasus region is a partially recognized state known as Abkhazia (or the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia). Living in the Caucasus mountains in southern Russia are the Abkhasia, a society of people known for their incredible longevity and lifespans. This relatively small group of people have long had a reputation for extremely long and healthy lives. In fact, in the 1960s and 1970s, claims were made for lifespans of 150 years, marriages at age 110, and even stories of men fathering children at age 136! The greatest claim, made by the propaganda-obsessed Soviet Union, was that one Abkhasian man named Shirali Muslimov reached a remarkable 168 years old. The Soviets honored him and his longevity with a postage stamp, leaving some to ask, are the stories true?”

  • russia

    7 months ago

    thank you for revealing REAL people – REAL food – REAL life to us – by means of being REAL yourself
    you have been satisfying humanity’s hunger for that

  • Kosmetolog

    7 months ago

    Brings back good memories from 1998 when i was in Lahore.

  • Alexander

    7 months ago

    Hi to the whole family and crew!
    I found your channel quite recently and I am absolutely hooked! I love your lifestyle and travelling for food is the reason I travel too!
    I always have a massive grin on my face every time Mark & Joel take a bite.
    Have an amazing Christmas and a Happy new year from London, England!
    All the best,
    Alex.

    PS. Joel is my spirit animal!

  • Sabeen

    7 months ago

    Hi
    Your videos are amazing. I live in London but thank you for promoting our Pakistan in the most positive way.
    Can I please get a link of your video of the full Pakistan trip?

    Mark you and your team are the best!

    Thanks

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Hi Sabeen! Thanks for writing, the entire trip is now organized into one place on the YouTube channel! Sorry it took awhile, best of luck in promoting amazing Pakistan.

  • Omar

    7 months ago

    Hey Mark, I’ve been watching your videos from a long long time. I am an overseas Pakistani living in Canada. I watched your Pakistan tour videos over and over. I thank you for visiting our country. After watching your videos I just couldn’t stop myself. I am going back home for a visit in January. Thanks again. And please visit us again.

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Hi Omar, I hope that you have a wonderful trip back there. Thanks for watching the videos, I am glad that you enjoyed them. Take care, all the best!

  • Qadeer

    7 months ago

    Amazing!!!

  • Michael Cunning

    7 months ago

    I’d love to try the Chapli Kabab with the bone marrow. Looks delicious. I have really like the series from Pakistan, what wonderful and welcoming people.

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Thanks Michael, they were truly an award-winning dish. Unbelievable flavor 🙂 Take care, thanks for watching!

  • ayush singh

    7 months ago

    I loved your site because every time I open I got some tasty food on it.
    Keep the good job.

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Thanks very much Ayush, have a great day today!

  • Hasher Ummar

    7 months ago

    Brilliant, always wanted you guys to try this out. UAE has a huge mix of Pakistani population from KPK region and all the nationalities enjoy Chapli kebabs; was thinking how to get guys to try this out and thats when you hit Pakistan. Its usually served with creamy rich daal(lentils) here. Hope you guys got to try some Katakat as well.

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Hasher, good morning! Hope things are going well for you today. Yes, we did try the Katakat 🙂 Wait a few more days, and enjoy that video! Cheers to Chapli Kebabs, and take care!

  • Yasir

    7 months ago

    I am still laughing the word you used “mamang” hahaha its naranj actually. The price tag is zero at your web but for the information its Rs.400/- PKR per kg. Like 3.5 $. You missed alot of tredational food such as white meat of bank road. I hope this video will enhance the positive image of Pakistan.

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Hi Yasir, wow thanks a lot for that info! Very helpful, and I do appreciate it. Actually our friends told us it was a naranj, but I wanted to find the name in English. After a lot of research, I found some scientific studies conducted in Pakistan, that were translated into English. I think the fruit is from Pakistan originally, and so I trusted those Pakistani scientists to give it the proper name.
      Ok, hope to be back again to try those chapli kebabs 🙂

      • Yasir

        7 months ago

        Most welcome anytime.

  • Wajahat

    7 months ago

    Mark and Joel, Hope this was not your last trip to Pakistan. You didn’t go to Lahore Food Street. All the places you visited in Islamabad are very close to each other in one corner (Should have gone to Savour Foods especially). No Rawalpindi?? you need to go there too.

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Hi Wajahat, we would love to come back! Thanks for the info! We did a lot of street food eating in Lahore, 3 marathon days, it was amazing. Did you see the videos from those days yet? Have a great day, thanks for your support.

  • Arbab

    7 months ago

    Miss taru jabba kababs

  • Ehtesham

    7 months ago

    I followed marks Turkish food tour and was very helpful as we went last month,since you guys in Pakistan my whole family waits for new episode,when you live overseas and watch your home food its amazing,Thanks for visit

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Ehtesham, thanks for your support, very glad to hear that you enjoyed all the Turkey trip and Pakistan videos. Take care, have a great day!

  • Farheen

    7 months ago

    Love watching your Pakistan series. Although have not lived in Pakistan for 2 decades, it makes me happy that finally some positive coverage/press. The food is amazing….thank you:)

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Thank you Farheen! Have a wonderful day today!

  • Atif Munir

    7 months ago

    Hello Mark, I’m an overseas Pakistani lives in the United States. I had been following you for a very long time, I got mad respect for you going to Pakistan and exploring food and culture. People all over the world really want to see the real picture of Pakistan. I hope you share your experience if you felt threatened about anything during your trip to Pakistan. I’ve been to most of the places you visited in Pakistan and after watching your videos, I’ve booked my ticket to fulfill my cravings. Thank you again and I hope you enjoyed the hospitality there in each city.

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Hi Atif, thanks for all your support, and for your comments and interest. I can say a huge ‘No,’ to feeling threatened, we were welcomed in some of the warmest ways I have ever experienced. I hope you enjoy your trip, I am a little jealous now that you talk about food cravings – they’ll be fulfilled in Pakistan thats for sure! Have a wonderful day today!

  • Eulises

    7 months ago

    Your posts are always so engaging and full of information, and that food OMG looks delicious, thanks for sharing

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Hi Eulises, happy to be of assistance in that way 🙂 Thanks for your support! Have a wonderful day today!

  • Wendy

    7 months ago

    My husband and I have really been enjoying your Pakistan series. I really didn’t know what to expect from a series about Pakistani food, but I’ve been amazed at the variety of foods you’ve tried throughout the country. Thanks for showing us a part of the world that doesn’t get much positive press.

    • Zeeshan

      7 months ago

      Pakistan is a amazing country welcome to this beautiful country

  • ayush

    7 months ago

    It’s very delicious and tasty, your site is too good.
    Thanks for this post.

    • Joel Bruner

      7 months ago

      Thanks a lot Ayush! Have a wonderful day today!