Since entering Turkmenistan we have been in the land of the Sheesha. "Meat on a stick" comes in a variety of forms: Minced, beef, lamb and chicken (though the chicken has surprisingly large bones for a bird and we have not seen many cats around).
The meat comes with bread (delicious when fresh but chewy after an hour or so), a salad, usually tomato and onion but we have had beetroot (called French Salad) and potato and olive (Russian Salad). A plate of raw herbs: basil, fennel, dill, garlic, can be eaten with it.
The whole is washed down with Piwa (Beer) or chay (tea). For a change. in Samarkand Deefor found a small cafe and had a lunch of soup (Noodles, lamb, carrot, chillies) with bread and yoghurt. Delicious!