"EAT TABBOULE`" Lebanon Local Custom Tip by sarrahh

Lebanon Local Customs: 63 reviews and 55 photos

by sarrahh

Lebanon's traditional culinary art combined with the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables make eating out an adventure. Restaurants specializing in Lebanese food are found everywhere and in all of them you will be invited to try the famous hors-d'oeuvres known as mezze. A good mezze has 30 or 40 dishes, but feasts with as many as 100 dishes have been recorded. It's wise to dedicate an entire afternoon to the authentic Lebanese lunch. Some delicacies are always present in a mezze, including the internationally known tabboule salad. You will also find hommos-a chickpea purée with sesame paste and babaganouj -a dip made of roasted eggplant, sesame paste, lemon and garlic.Kibbeh Nayeh - fresh raw lamb pounded with ground wheat and seasoned with onion, mint, pepper and salt is also a favorite.

The mezze is usually served without cutlery, for the traditional flat round Arab bread is both fork and spoon. This substantial appetizer course is often accompanied by arak but Lebanon also produces some excellent beers and wines that go just as well.

For the main course one can try farrouj meshwi - chicken broiled over charcoal and served with a garlic sauce, kafta meshwiyye, minced lamb mixed with finely chopped onion and parsley and broiled on skewers over charcoal or shawarma - slices of highly seasoned lamb cooked on a slow revolving spit. Mehshi - vegetables such as small squash, cabbage leaves, grape leaves, and peppers stuffed with chopped meat, rice and pine nuts is another favorite.

By the seashore you can get excellent grilled fish, while cool riverside restaurants in the mountains often specialize in fresh trout.

Pastries in Lebanon are flavored with honey, butter, pistachio nuts or almonds

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  • Written May 26, 2005
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