One of my favourite post-binge drink meals has got to be a Kapsalon. If you are not familiar with this, you either have never been drunk or you’ve been living under a rock. So, before I start showing you my version of the Kapsalon, I’ll provide you with some background info.
The Kapsalon has its origins in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The owner of a barbershop (kapsalon) always ordered french fries with shoarma, but he didn’t want everything to be served separately. So he asked if all the ingredients could be thrown on one plate and apparently it tasted so good, the shoarma shop owner decided to introduce it on his own menu.
The recipe consists of french fries topped with a layer of döner or shoarma, some lettuce, red onion, tomato, cucumber, cheese and a shitload of garlic sauce and sambal.
If you look at the ingredients individually, it seems like a pretty macro-friendly meal. However, when you order this at your local snack bar, the calories will most likely go through the roof.
French Fries – 300/400kcal
Shoarma – 250/350kcal / Döner – 350/450kcal
Cheese – 100/200kcal
The veggies only add up about 50kcal, so they are negligible. If you have the low-range of the calories, you probably end up at 650-700kcal. If you take the higher range you could end up at 950-1000kcal. That seems pretty decent for a normal sized meal. If you opt for the döner version, you will end up a bit higher, but it’s still okay.
Buttt, to make it taste so much better, they throw on some garlic sauce. And no, not 1 serving, no they fill that sucker up until the sauce starts dripping from the sides.
To put it in perspective: one serving of garlic sauce is around 50-60kcal. Head over to your kitchen drawer and grab a tablespoon… Yeah, that’s not that much in terms of volume. However, they will give you at least 5 servings and thereby add a minimum of 250kcal. Sometimes they even provide you with an extra bottle next to your Kapsalon and you are done goofed.
If you eat this every once in a while, it’s no biggy. But what if I told you, with some slight adjustments, you can eat this kind of meal every day. So I hereby present you: The Kappa Bowl!
To strip down the calories, we’re gonna adjust a few ingrediënts, without ruining the taste experience. We start of with adjusting our base: instead of french fries, we will use bistro mini potatoes (81kcal per 100g) and instead of normal shoarma/döner we will use chicken thigh shoarma (136kcal per 100g).
1200kcal – 107g protein – 88g carbs – 46g fat (Serves 1 if you’re doing Intermittent Fasting, Serves 2 if you like to share)
And yes, it seems a lot in terms of calories, but this is wayyy bigger portion than you’ll get at the shoarma shop. This will keep your tummy full and your taste buds satisfied.
- 450 grams – Bistro Mini Potatoes (Lekker Makkelijk)
- 450 grams – Chicken Thigh Shoarma (Dirk, Ons Thuismerk)
- 10ml – Coconut Oil
- 50 grams – Reduced Fat Grated Cheese (Uniekaas 20+)
- 30ml – Friteslijn (Remia)
- 15ml – Garlic Sauce (Calve)
- Sriracha Sauce
- ½ – Tomato
- ½ – Onion
- 3 slices – Cucumber
- 1 cup – Lettuce
Step 1: If you want to add some extra crunchiness to your potatoes, you can cook them for 8 minutes, cool it down in an ice bath and then bake them in a pan with sea salt. But if you’re very hungry, just heat up some coconut oil in a pan and bake the potatoes. The coconut oil will make your potatoes much more crunchy than olive oil.
Step 2: While the potatoes are baking cut the tomato and cucumber in halves and chop the onion.
Step 3: Throw the potatoes into a bowl and grill the shoarma in the same pan. You don’t need any extra oil, because the shoarma already contains enough fat to make sure the meat doesn’t stick to the pan.
Step 4: Top the potatoes with a layer of shoarma, lettuce and cheese. Mix it up a bit and put the tomato, onion and cucumber on top. You can even add some jalapenos for some added spiciness.
Step 5: Add the sauces. The garlic sauce will blend in nicely with the Friteslijn sauce. So if you want more sauce, just add more Friteslijn sauce (15kcal per 15ml), rather than overdosing on garlic sauce. (Or make your own low-calorie garlic sauce with greek yoghurt, salt and garlic.)
Step 6: Enjoy!