George Assadourian Middle East Lahmajun
355 ANDERSON AVE. FAIRVIEW, NEW JERSEY 07022
web site: http://www.assadourian.com
George Assadourian is a place I’ve been going to for about ten years now — its a commercial bakery that only makes for the most part variations of a single product – Lahmajuns.
What’s a Lahmajun? Well, its often described as the Armenian or Middle-Eastern analogue to the Pizza. However, a Lahmajun has a very thin crust, and is topped with a meat sauce topping, usually lamb or beef-based, that is cooked with tomato and Middle Eastern spices. And man do they make great snacks at about midnight.
Here’s the Assadourian storefront on Anderson Ave in Fairview. Assadourian is the most well-known producer of Lahmajuns in the entire NY metro area, and their product is sold to many specialty supermarkets and grocery stores. However, you can typically only buy their product frozen from those places. Getting your Lahmajun fresh from the source makes a huge difference. As Assadourian is a fully USDA inspected facility, they can also ship you Lahmajun directly.
As you can see, there’s not a lot to the place. You walk up, theres a big metal wall there, and you knock on the door and ask them what kind of Lahmajun they have that day. Depending on which variety they are baking and when, they might have one or two varieties available freshly baked. They also have a bunch of different kinds in their chest freezer up front, such as the whole wheat and veggie kinds. They also have frozen Kibbeh, which are little bulghur wheat football-shaped things stuffed with meat.
A 12-pack of freshly baked Lahmajun.
Lahmajun close-up. Assadourian’s Lahmajun are produced in a Syrian style, using beef, onion, parsley, peppers, garlic, tomato paste and other spices. You can either eat them at room temperature, or you can toast them. They go great with salads for a light lunch, or you can just eat them on their lonesome. I like to give them a shake of hot sauce as well.