RAMADAN 2013

Ramadan crowds in Jeddah fascinated by female ‘fried liver’ chef

A woman running a stall in Jeddah selling the traditional dish of kibdah (fried liver) is drawing Ramadan crowds. (Photo courtesy: foodofegypt.com)

A traditional kibdah (fried liver) stall run by a woman in Jeddah’s Al-Balad district is attracting the attention of Ramadan shoppers, Saudi Gazette reported on Saturday.

The woman, who is in her 30s and known only by her initials M.A., obtained a permit from the Jeddah municipality to work as a female chef after completing a training course to learn the art of cooking, the newspaper reported.

M.A. purchases her ingredients and cooks the kibdah herself but has three workers who take orders and serve the customers at her stall.

She told the newspaper that she makes SAR 1,500 ($400) a night in profit which goes toward her family’s expenses.

M.A. believes that Saudi society supports working women, according to the Saudi Gazette.

Saudi authorities decided earlier this month that women could work as waitresses in restaurants as long as they worked in sections designated for women and did not interact with men, according to Dubai-based website Gulf News.

The move was part of a wider initiative to make more jobs available for the thousands of female graduates in the kingdom and to reduce dependence on foreign workers.

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Last Update: Saturday, 27 July 2013 KSA 13:20 - GMT 10:20
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