Lebanon, as most of the Mediterranean countries, has been a melting pot of various cultures, languages, and all sorts of influences, all of which have left their mark on the country’s cuisine. Continuing from where we left off in our first article, we bring more Lebanese dishes, this time with deserts and drinks.
Manakish is possibly the most popular food ih Lebanon. It is similar to pizza, as it is a flattened pastry topped with cheese, thyme, ground meat and, most commonly, with zaatar mixed with olive oil and can be folded or sliced. It is a very common breakfast or lunch in Lebanon.
- Batata harra
Batata harra is a popular vegetable dish made of potatoes, chili, garlic and coriander fried in olive oil.
Kousa Mahshi is a main course dish served hot with mint or garlic. It is zucchini or squash stuffed with rice and meat.
Ma’amoul is a popular cookie in the Levantine cuisine. Variously shaped, Ma’amouls are small pastries filled with almonds, figs, dates, pistachios and walnuts. While it is popular throughout the year, Ma’amoul is particularly baked and served during the religious festivals, such as Ramadan, Easter or Purim.
Sfouf is a popular Lebanese cake made of samolina flour and almonds. It is usually flavored with turmeric, sugar, and pine nuts.
Lebanese coffee is similar to the Turkish or Greek coffee. It is dark, bitter, strong and thick, usually flavored with cardamom, served hot and unsweetened. Coffee is drunk throughout the day in Lebanon and it is always served to the guests.
Almaza is the world-famous Lebanese brewery producing high quality beer since 1933. Since Lebanon has a large Muslim population, non-alcoholic versions are also available.