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
Afro Deli Minneapolis
1939 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis