Top 10 Foods and Drinks in the Middle Eastern CuisineMetal_Treasure 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.
Iran, Iraq, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, and Yemen.
The Top Ten
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. - Metal_Treasure
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. - Metal_Treasure
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. - Metal_Treasure
Hummus is widely available in Canadian grocery stores, I guess it's available in the US, too. - Metal_Treasure
I went to a Lebanese restaurant which put hummus on EVERYTHING. Weird but wonderful. - PositronWildhawk
(also known as Arabic bread, Lebanese bread, Syrian bread or pitta). Pizza crust is very similar to pita bread.
It probably originated in Mesopotamia around 2500 B.C. - Metal_Treasure
(also kabob or kabab) - a wide variety of grilled meat dishes, some of them prepared with minced meat. Shish kebab is a variety of skewered and grilled cubes of meat. - Metal_Treasure
I love them very much but they are quite expensive in Canada - Metal_Treasure
(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. - Metal_Treasure
Persian lamb is some of the best lamb. - PositronWildhawk
Lamb and mutton are the favored meats of the Middle East - Metal_Treasure
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). - Metal_Treasure
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. - Metal_Treasure
Lavash is a soft, thin unleavened flatbread - Metal_Treasure
It's a bean dish - stew or soup, with added vegetables (onion, tomato, carrot, and many other varieties) - Metal_Treasure
It's a deep-fried ball, doughnut or patty, made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. - Metal_Treasure
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. - Metal_Treasure
Arak or araq is a Levantine alcoholic spirit - clear, colorless, unsweetened anise-flavored distilled alcoholic drink - Metal_Treasure
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