Top 10 Foods and Drinks in the Middle Eastern Cuisine

Middle East is a transcontinental region that includes Western Asia, Turkey, and Egypt.

The largest ethnic groups in the region are Arabs, Turks, Persians, and Kurds.

Countries:
Iran, Iraq, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, and Yemen.
The Top Ten
1 Shawarma

Shawarma is a meat preparation on a vertical rotating spit (rotisserie) - many types of meat are placed on the spit (lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal). They may be grilled for as long as a day.
Shawarma can be served on a plate, as a sandwich or wrap.

2 Baklava

It's a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It originated in the Ottoman Empire.
There are minor phonetic and spelling variations in several languages.

This is also Greek. Very delicious and very sweet.

Oh damn, these are amazing stuff.

3 Dolma

Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes - common vegetables to stuff include tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini, eggplant, and garlic. Main ingredients of the filling are rice and ground meat but rice can be replaced with grains or beans. The stuffing may not include meat.
Also, there are similar dishes of cabbage or grape leaves wrapped around a filling.

Eh, I'm mixed on these because I dint like pepper or eggplants and I despise zucchinis.

4 Hummus

Hummus is widely available in Canadian grocery stores, I guess it's available in the US, too.

5 Pita Bread
6 Kebab
7 Tabbouleh

(also tabouleh, tabbouli, tabouli, or taboulah) - it's a parsley based salad with tomatoes and bulgur (or couscous instead of bulgur), and other ingredients.
Tabbouleh is available in almost all Canadian grocery stores but when it isn't fresh, it isn't very good.

8 Figs
9 Lamb

Persian lamb is some of the best lamb.

10 Turkish Coffee
The Contenders
11 Lavash

I like lavash, they're like tortillas except thinner and not mexican

12 Baladi Cheese
13 Falafel

It's a deep-fried ball, doughnut or patty, made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both.

It taste good stuff

14 Meze

Meze is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks.
Other versions of this word: mezze, mazzeh, mazze, and more (there are many languages and dialects in the region).

15 Turkish Delight
16 Dates
17 Tursu

It's a mix of pickled vegetables and there are many varieties.
Usually it includes: cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, peppers, celery, pickles, beets, shallots, garlic, green tomatoes, and more.

18 Fasoulia

It's a bean dish - stew or soup, with added vegetables (onion, tomato, carrot, and many other varieties)

19 Kofta

Kofta is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes - ground meat mixed with spices and/or onions, or other ingredients, such as rice, bulgur, vegetables, bread or eggs. There are many varieties - only in Turkey there were 291 different kinds of kofta in 2005.

20 Eggplant / Aubergine

I don't like eggplants honestly.

21 Moroccan Chicken Bastilla

I eat them at fancy whatever guest people celebration fancy formal yes party

22 Rfissa
23 Harira

My mom makes banger hariras, they're basically tomato based soup but they're tasty.

24 Tea‎
25 Sesame Seeds
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