Name that food from my childhood

I’ve tried googling this, but since I’m not even sure how to spell it, I had no luck.
When I was younger, say early 80’s, when the Puyallup fair was happening, my parents used to buy these super-greasy meat filled pastry things from a vendor outside the fairgrounds. The name I remember is something like flashkikala (I know that’s not right, but that’s what it sounded like to my 6 year old ears.)
They were thin strips of meat, beef I assume, and onions either grilled or deep fried in this thin dough, kinda like a tortilla, but much thinner, maybe filo? They came wrapped in white butcher paper, and the grease would soak right through the wrapper and bag.

Anybody have any idea what I’m talking about?

I’ve seen them, so they were out there as you remember. No Idea what to call them.

Kreatopita? Although those are usually made with ground meat.


Wait a sec - are you saying the Puyallup Fair isn’t happening any more? Or do you just mean, it’s not “happenin’”? :confused:

PEROGIES!!! Cheese and potato!

<<Wait a sec - are you saying the Puyallup Fair isn’t happening any more? >>

No, I mean at the time of year when the fair was in session, or however the heck one would say such a thing. (does a fair happen, what’s the proper grammar?)
Anyway, no not peroshkis or Kreatopita, similiar but different. Much simpler recipe. I want to say they’re greek… could be lamb instead of beef… I just remember them being very tasty and a special treat.

Thanks for the help so far.

Sheep meat — Gyros

Gyros have tomatoes and a yogurt sauce on them too though. If you don’t remember it having those condiments maybe it was chicken schwarama?

Nobody so far has come up with a food name that sounds even remotely like the OP’s quasi-remembered “flashkikala”. I’m going to tentatively nominate “souvlaki”.

i agree with “souvlaki”

HERE is a pdf of current vendors at the fair. Is it possible one of them rings a bell? Is it possible they might still be operating?


Pirozhki? (Russian form of “pierogie”)

Perhaps its shashlik? That’s a Russian shishkabob (sp?), which could easily be served in a pita like souvlaki.

Given the OP’s constraints (which include very thin dough like filo dough, which discounts stuff like souvlaki or gyros), the only thing I could think of that sounds like that might be the Yugoslavian burek. There are a zillion regional variations, and I’m sure there’s an equivalent in Greece and Turkey, perhaps with a name that sounds more like what you remember.

Actually, looking online, spanikopita is apparently the Greek equivalent of a burek.

Wiki on the burek.


Definately wasn’t chicken. Some sort of red meat, either strips or ground, and onions. That’s it. No sauce or lettuce or anything.

As for the pdf, nothing looks familiar. But then my reading skills at such a young age weren’t quite what they are today.

I’ve tried looking for anything “Fleisch-” even, thinking maybe it was german. I 've scanned the online greek cookbooks but haven’t come up with anything.

Maybe it was just something somebody made up?

Thanks to all.

Were they at all spicy? Could it have been some kind of samosa? Samosas are Indian, and many variants with similar names exist throughout asia.