We Tried Yemeni Lamb Haneeth With Adam Saleh

Medha Imam: It's falling
right off the bone! Adam Saleh: Yeah, it's really soft. Medha: Amazing! Adam: Oh! Hey, guys, this is Adam
Saleh from YouTube. Adoomygang, what is popping? And we're here in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. We're about to go to a Yemeni restaurant called Yemen Cafe. Medha, she's about to try Yemeni food for the first time ever.

I'm really excited. Specifically, we're gonna eat the most popular Yemeni
dish, lamb haneeth. It takes four hours to cook, and it falls straight off the bone. Medha: Ugh, so excited! Adam: Ready?
Medha: Yes, let's do it. Adam: You sure?
Medha: Yes. Adam: Let's get it, come on. Sid Nassir: Well, it's a taste usually that they've never had. It's an explosion of
spices in their mouths. Medha: Lamb haneeth is a
traditional dish from Yemen that's slow-roasted and
typically served at lunchtime and at special events
like weddings and feasts.

It's popular in many Arab countries, like Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. Adam: I've had it. I have
it, like, every other day. Like, imagine seeing
lamb haneeth every day, every day, and I never,
ever got sick of it. Medha: To make the lamb
haneeth, Yemen Cafe usually gets around 35 to 40 lambs delivered each week. Sid: We usually get the lamb whole because we have our own
specific way of cutting it. Adam: Oh, my God, yo. Sid: By tomorrow, these are all, it'll be empty. Adam: Wow. Sid: But this is the
perfect size to make sure that the meat is tender.

Anything above this, it's
not gonna be as tender. The lamb, it's one of the most fattiest pieces of meat out there. That's why we take our time, usually, just, like, shredding all that fat, as much as possible. This is how they've been doing it, they've been cutting the
lamb for the past 30 years since they opened up in 1986. This is probably the most
famous part right now, right there, that's the lamb shank. That is the most tender piece in the lamb. It's very fatty. It's something that
everybody usually asks for. So, a lot of the customers, they specifically want certain pieces. Like, me, personally, I
don't like the lamb shank because it's too soft for me. I like something more like
the neck area or the ribs. Paprika, cumin, curry,
and black pepper and salt.

Those are the spices that we usually use. Actually, those spices,
we get them all imported. Actually, that's Pakistani. Sid: Yeah, that paprika
comes from Pakistan. And due to Yemen having
the situation with the war and the borders being closed, the closest thing that we can get to it is the Pakistani spices, so. You know, when you're a Yemeni restaurant and you're purchasing your
stuff from another country, it's, you know, you'd rather be authentic,
you know what I mean? But we just can't do that because the borders are just, like, shut down.

It's just a mess. What he's doing right now is, usually, he'll keep that thick meat on the bottom so it doesn't burn on top. So he's flipping it around to make sure that the fatty pieces
and the bones are on top, and that's our secret. And this is how we cook it. Usually, this hard top is
what keeps it very moist. This takes around four hours to cook, and this is the famous roasted lamb. Medha: Amazing!
Adam: Wow! Yo. Oh, my, this is heaven. Sid: We let it sit the last hour, and it cooks with the steam. And that's what gives it that, you know, fall-off-the-bone type. Adam: Secret? You can't
give the secret too much. Sid: I know, I'm revealing a lot! What am I doing? Medha: Once the meat is
ready, the dish is served with basmati rice or
Yemeni bread called malawah and is usually shared in
a family-style manner.

Adam: The traditional way,
you eat it with your hands. Even the rice, you eat it with your hands. Medha: OK, I want to see how you do it. Adam: So, you gotta grab the
lamb haneeth from the bone. Medha: OK. Adam: Yeah. Just grab it. Just dig in. Grab it, and you just bite it, yeah. Medha: I think I'm
gonna, what do you think? Adam: Mashallah. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Medha: So good? Adam: It's the softest
ever. You need to try it. Medha: OK, I'm trying, I'm trying it.

Adam: It's so soft. What do you think?
Medha: Mm. This is amazing. Adam: For real for real. You like it?
Medha: For real for real. Adam: It's good, right? And if you want, Medha: It's so soft! Adam: You can mix it with the rice. Medha: Yeah?
Adam: You can go like this. Medha: What do you do? Adam: Put it with the rice.
Medha: OK.

Adam: And then that's how we eat it. Medha: Oh, my God. Adam: And then you put
it together, and you go. Adam: Mm. So d— good. Oh, my God. Just really the softest
meat you'll ever have. Like, so different than
any other type of meat. Gets messy, but… Medha: It gets really messy. Adam: That's how Yemenis eat. Usually, at home, we'll eat on the floor. Medha: Oh, really? Adam: But whenever we eat lamb haneeth, the whole family just comes running in and, just, everyone digs
in from the same plate. Some people, they even put this soup, just a little bit on it.

Medha: I would do that. The soup is so good. Adam: The only thing is, just,
it makes your hand messy. Medha: Yeah.
Adam: Yeah. [laughing] With the stuff that's going on in Yemen, it's the largest humanitarian crisis, and it's sad because we can't even go back
to our, like, country 'cause of so much violence going on. You know, even though we're here in America eating Yemeni food, it will never be the same
as eating it in Yemen. So that's why having Yemeni
food in America, Yemen Cafe, was…meant a lot to me
and the Yemeni people because we're always so
prideful and so happy when something Yemeni goes big. Medha: How does this one
compare to your mom's? Adam: You're trying to get me in trouble! Medha: I'm not! I'm not! I'm not! Adam: This one is just
as good as my mom's.

It's just as good as my mom's. Hi, Mom. If you're watching,
it's just as good as yours..

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We Tried Yemeni Lamb Haneeth With Adam Saleh

Lamb haneeth is a traditional dish from Yemen that’s slow-roasted and usually eaten at home and at special events like weddings and feasts. Popular in many Arab countries, it takes five hours to make and when ready, the strands of meat are supple and fall off the bone. This dish is served with rice or Yemeni flatbread called malawah and is usually shared in a family-style manner. Insider's Medha Imam visited Yemen Cafe with YouTuber Adam Saleh to see how lamb haneeth is made and try it out.

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We Tried Yemeni Lamb Haneeth With Adam Saleh