Legendary Pakistani Food Hidden In The Back Of An LA Convenience Store


-My name is Fozia.
-And I’m Fahim Siddiqui. -We do restaurant business,
Zam Zam Market. This is a family business. -Do you like working
with your husband and you working with your wife? -We have a good understanding.
We help each other. If he’s tired, he go home. I look after everything for him.
[ Telephone rings ] -So you were talking about
working with one another. [ Telephone rings ]
-Yeah. -You’re popular.
-Yeah. [ Telephone rings ] Zam Zam Market. ♪♪ -[ Singing in foreign language ] ♪♪ -We do Pakistani food, barbecue,
chicken curry, lamb curry. -Pulao, kebab, biryani. -Biryani make with tomato,
yogurt sauce, ginger, garlic, turmeric, chili powder,
and cilantro are all the spices
we add together, and it’s steaming with the rice. -My parents don’t do the
traditional, like, Americanized or, like, Westernized dishes, so you will not find
chicken tikka masala at my parents’ restaurant. It’s a culture experience
for them, like, to serve something
that people cannot find here. -We are in my house
in Torrance. We are going to my work
and start working. Mostly, I do, like, cash
and then helping with the packages and food,
just look after the restaurant. That’s all. Me and my husband
and one more employee. Fahim, my husband,
he’s the main chef, yeah. We sell our grocery,
and we sell the food, spices, lentil,
these kind of thing. Okay, this one, we put
in the korma curry, and we put this one all together
grounded and put in the meat. Vegetables, naan, parathas,
and some muscles, like meat, beef, and chicken. I’m from Pakistan. -Pakistan. -Everybody need a more, like,
a better life, so we move in America. -My mom came to America
in 1988 as a single woman
and scrapped together. She worked at Del Taco. She did graveyard shifts, and my dad came to America
in the early ’90s to support his family
and support his older brother. -My brother flagged him
for total arranged marriage. He found him.
He knows his family long time, so we met here
in Shahnawaz restaurant. Then we talked together. Then we decided marriage. -How was that for you?
-[ Chuckles ] Opulent. -Yeah, yeah. -How would you describe
your husband? -Oh, wow, oh,
I say that describe… He’s nice, and he’s gentle,
caring, loving. -And how would you
describe your wife? -[ Laughs ]
-Is good help. -I told you they’re so shy.
They don’t talk that much. -That’s okay. -What defines my parents’
relationship is that they’re very willing
to compromise, so it’s not like one person
is overbearing over the other. I think their flexibility
and compromise is what has helped them to be
successful in their marriage and also be successful
in running a business. My grandparents were born
in Delhi and Agra in India, and then my parents were move–
born and raised in Karachi, and then I was born
and raised in LA, so that’s a very unique dynamic,
culturally speaking, and I think that’s also why
our food is so important to us because if you go back, we don’t have a lot
from my grandparents’ generation because they lost everything
in the partition, but what we do have
is our food. Our food is what has helped us
travel thousands of miles in perilous conditions
in different countries. Since he got married to my mom, they decided to create
their own restaurant. That was the first
Zam Zam Market, and they had that
for 10 years. That was next
to the King Fahad Mosque, which is one of the largest, most popular mosques
in the greater Los Angeles area. That’s when my parents’
business really picked up, and they created
a name for themselves. Then fast forward 10 years in,
2014, they were evicted
with 60 days’ notice, and my parents
lost their business because of gentrification, and they had to scramble
to find a new place. It took 14 months. My parents’ story is definitely
a story of resilience, grit, and staying determined and finding opportunities
wherever they are. My parents definitely raised me
to be religious. They’re religious themselves,
so we’re pretty devout Muslim. One of the key highlights of,
I think, of me, like, interacting with
my parents’ business is during the month of Ramadan, which is when Muslims across the
world fast from dawn to dusk, and that’s a ridiculously
busy time for my parents because they personally
deliver food to a lot of the local mosques
in the Los Angeles county and also provide breakfast, so the 3:00 a.m. meals
to the local community, and what I help out with
in that period of time is actually going to the mosques and delivering the food,
and that’s, I think, what really shows my parents’
dedication to the food because they spend hours
and hours making sure
the meals are good because they want to make
the people happy. -Best part,
everybody like a family. They come over and talk
like a family, so we are happy for that. They’re all happy with that,
so they’re nice people, and I love cooking food,
and I love cooking. [ Telephone rings ] Zam Zam Market. ♪♪ ♪♪

100 thoughts on “Legendary Pakistani Food Hidden In The Back Of An LA Convenience Store

  1. She said 30 mins, not 5 mins, fix your subs. People of Indian subcontinent are not always late!!! 😀

  2. when the son spoke before they showed him i was thinking, "their daughter was born and raised in the US with a valley girl accent… oh… wow… was not expecting that."

  3. That guy is just confident and like to talk .. what is all this calling him gay and all nonsense .. people these days have zero morals and values .
    And even if he is gay .. what is point of pointing it ? Damn people 😡 ..

  4. It's not hidden, and this isn't a new concept. Businesses do this so they don't have to pay real restaurant taxes and fees, because they can list themselves as a food store.
    Food looks great tho

  5. This is what Munchies should aspirer
    for, real food from real people who strive for a living. Finally some content.

  6. oh I love you Khala Jaan! This randomly showed up on my googlenews and it's made my day. Hum biryaani khanay aa rahay hain

  7. Great show. I will be sure to visit the restaurant. Food looks great. And if the son is reading this post, here is some advice. Don't listen to the negative comments posted by the trolls who somehow need to put others down to compensate for their feelings of inferiority. A bully basically masks their insecurities by picking on others. You don't need the approval of strangers; so live your best life. Cheers.

  8. I've been here once on accident 2 years ago out of curiosity. Nope, no bueno. Munchies is hyping this place for some weird reason. Al Anwar restaurant is literally next door and Al Noor restaurant (Highest Zagat rated, Yelp and Food Network recommended Ind/Paki food) is also down the street about 1/2 mile, both are way better than this place.

  9. 😳🤦‍♂️That kid really needs to stop talking wow, their business would have been much more successful if he would just stop talking!!

  10. Sad we can`t get this food here…I mean we do have some Arab cuisine but people in Guatemala are difficult to try convincing them to eat something new…lucky all over that part hehehehe.

  11. imagine not living in a big city/ethnically diverse area and not being able to eat all these different kinds of foods from around the world. this is what makes america so great.

  12. I wonder how this pakistani devoted muslim family feel about their devoted muslim gay son. Hope they support him!

  13. The last few images reminded me of India. At first you are shocked at people eating with their hands…but than after a few weeks, it just makes sense. I miss it, I literally want to eat rice with my hands now, ok Im making rice, see ya.

  14. Big momma was not fucking around!😂 The attitude of you guys are not paying these bills, I'm answering the phone and working

  15. Why do all these gay dudes sound the same? I'm really against conformity, and this tendency to have a high tone and a lisp is really annoying to me. The thing where you end each sentence as if you're asking a question is even more annoying?

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