Toronto restaurant becomes Syrian home-cooking hub | Toronto Star


By KARON LIU  |  Food Writer
Thu., May 12, 2016

The Depanneur opens its doors to Syrian refugees itching to cook.

Inside a tiny corner west-end restaurant on a sunny Thursday afternoon, the sounds of someone playing the bongos and women singing Syrian folk songs fill the room as the dozen or so Syrian women sing and chat away at the stoves. On the burner are stockpots of cinnamon-scented beef simmering in creamy spiced yogurt. Pans of golden-brown semolina cakes are cooling on the counter, glistening with the syrup they were brushed with. These women aren’t just cooking; they’re preserving the cuisine of a country where millions of its people are being displaced.

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