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Zam Zam Market serves Pakistani favorites in Hawthorne

Zam Zam Market serves Pakistani favorites in Hawthorne
Chicken biriyani, kebabs, and naan from Zam Zam Market in Hawthorne. (Cody Long / Los Angeles Times)

Zam Zam Market was a local favorite in Culver City for years, serving Pakistani favorites like chicken biriyani and kebabs down the street from the King Fahad Mosque on Washington Boulevard.

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Rising costs forced owner Fozia Siddiqui to close the restaurant in 2014, but it reopened a couple of years later, albeit several miles south in Hawthorne. The location is different but the biriyani is thankfully unchanged: spicy and redolent, tasting of clove, cinnamon, and cumin.

Siddiqui, who learned to cook as a child, says her restaurant is a hub for many Pakistanis in Los Angeles who crave a taste of home. She’s more than happy to provide it, and hopes to do so for years to come.

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