Sudanese restaurant owners visit sheep sale
IN WARWICK to check out the area and take in a country sheep sale were restaurateurs Hassan Dinder and his uncle, Mustafa Dinder.
Hassan said it was their first time in Warwick.
"We've come to check out the area and meet the people and to see the sheep auction,” he said.
"We've seen many sheep sales at home in Sudan but not here in Australia.
"The area we come from in Africa is quite similar to here, similar climate and land, just the animals are quite different obviously.”
Hassan said the family had recently opened up a restaurant in West End, Brisbane called Dinder Delights at 71 Vulture St.
"It's traditional Sudanese food and one of the only African restaurants in the area,” he said.
"It's only early days yet but it's a unique product and has been very good so far.
"There is quite a large African population in South Brisbane, especially Moorooka.
"It's a very diverse population with a very rich culture with lots of different foods and great coffee.”
Their restaurant uses only halal meat, a Sudanese tradition.
"Our culture and religion requires an animal be bled out before butchering, it's an ancient tradition,” Hassan said.
"The animal is also blessed, the name of God is mentioned prior to slaughter.
"We source our meat from Royal Halal, but your John Dee abattoir here also slaughter in the halal way.”
Mr Dinder was quick to point out that the restaurant caters to everyone.
"We have Shiah, which allows the customer to select the meat they wish to eat and it is cooked fresh on the spot,” he said.
"In my opinion, if you compare halal meat to non-halal meat, it's much tastier and lasts a lot longer.
"We also do a delicious dish called Tilpia, which is fish fried in the traditional Sudanese way.”
Hassan came from Sudan 11 years ago as a refugee.
"Originally I was in Sydney but moved to Brisbane and worked as a cleaner.
"I also have a petroleum engineering degree from the Sudan University of Science and Technology.
"I love Australia very much, it's very beautiful and is home to very friendly people.”
The Dinder family comes from an area in Sudan, also called Dinder.
The region is famous for the Dinder National Park, which is a national park and biosphere reserve in eastern Sudan, on the Sudanese border with Ethiopia.
The park is home to 27 species of large mammals such as Masai lions, leopards, and Sudanese cheetahs.
Hassan said it's must-see.
"If you go to Africa, you must see Dinder National Park, it's amazing sight for every scenery and wildlife lover.”