Zafira Fine Foods
In 2017 Zafira Fine Foods took over the Gormanston Road Takeaway in Moonah. Initially Kirsten and members of the Afghan community continued to run the shop as a takeaway whilst slowly introducing Afghan food onto the regular menu.
Now in 2020 Afghan food takes up 95% of the dishes on offer and is growing in popularity. All the food is cooked by Afghan women including Feyziah Ghorbani (pictured making a bath of green tomato chutni) who runs the Zafira Kitchen. The women work together creating traditional Afghani meals in a comforting homestyle that reflects the culture of Afghanistan.
The Glenorchy community along with greater Hobart have really embraced the Afghan dishes on offer with the most popular dish, bolani, a regular request! Bolani is a flat bread filled with spring onion, potato, and a little sprinkling of chilli and coriander. It can be eaten on its own or with a yoghurt mint sauce or tomato chutni.
When we asked Kirsten to name her favourite dish it was a difficult choice for her to make. She settled on Afghan kadu which is made with slow cooked pumpkin and spices; a perfect dish to feed the soul during the colder months of Tassie.
Zafira Fine Foods also work with Friends of Zafira a local group aiming to provide employment, education, training and community connections to former refugees or those seeking asylum in Australia. Food is a fantastic way to share culture and make friends over a delicious meal.
With the current pandemic, like most food businesses, Zafira have had to change the way they operate in line with the current restrictions. Customers can now order online, send Facebook messages or contact the shop. They offer delivery and pick up options to make it easier for their customers to receive their food.
Social media and a supporting website have been essential to keeping their following engaged. The menu is posted regularly with different offerings on the menu and an enticing photo to whet the appetite. While the community support has been vital for this business’ survival, Kirsten and the team look forward to when the restrictions will be lifted and they can fully embrace their customers from the Glenorchy community they have come to love.