Best Bets: Um sakan

Barakat Middle Eastern Market's um sakan features chicken and caramelized onions nestled in an oversize toasted pita.

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Barakat Middle Eastern Market's um sakan features chicken and caramelized onions nestled in an oversize toasted pita.

I can’t say that I’d ever heard of um sakan before I happened in Barakat Middle Eastern Market on Saturday, though all of the ingredients are common enough and certainly familiar to anyone with a fondness for Middle Eastern cuisine.

Barakat Middle Eastern Market's um sakan features chicken and caramelized onions nestled in an oversize toasted pita.

Photo by Jennifer Biggs

Barakat Middle Eastern Market's um sakan features chicken and caramelized onions nestled in an oversize toasted pita.

This is certainly a case where the sum of the dish is greater than its parts. Who knew that pita, grilled onions, roasted chicken and sumac could create something as divine as um sakan?

Here’s how it stacks up.: An oversize pita, brushed with olive oil and toasted, is snugged down in a to-go box. A generous layer of deeply caramelized onions tops the center of the pita, and a chicken breast and leg quarter nestle in the onions. It’s all sprinkled with sumac, which adds a tangy touch.

It is excellent, and well worth the drive to the market. Call ahead, as different dishes are prepared daily. You can also shop for spices, yogurt, olives, olive oil and so on in the market.

The market is at 5782 Raleigh-LaGrange, just off Sycamore View. Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Call 377-0707 to find out the daily specials, which generally cost between $4.99 and $6.99 per pound.

—Jennifer Biggs: 529-5223

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