June 21, 2024
Shahgul Mya (left) and Zerka Mya (right). Photo by Merissa Busato.

Passing by the open door of The Pulao Gals, the scent of spices – like cinnamon for kofta, and cilantro for buttering naan – hangs in the air, hinting at some of the menu items that can be found within. Once you’re inside, the warm feeling you get isn’t from the oven – it’s from the kindness owners Zerka and Shahgul Mya extend. 

Shahgul and Zerka, a former Conestoga culinary student, are the mother-daughter duo who started The Pulao Gals, a Pashtun and Pakistani kitchen and bakery. It began in 2020 as a pop-up shop, and in 2021, they opened their brick-and-mortar location at 562 King St. E., Kitchener.

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