Popular and Authentic Lebanese Breakfasts
Breakfast, breakfast, breakfast … Something that is rare to skip in the Middle East because of the huge selection of yumminess that we have. Whether it’s salty or sweet, it’s always an enjoyable taste with the company of your friends or family. Food in our culture is all about sharing. So it’s rare to go a place and order your own plate. We usually order several dishes and we share them to get to taste a bit of everything. There’s a popular saying in Arabic what defines eating in the our culture which is, ‘ Isa btekol la 7alak betmout la halak’, and it means ‘if you eat alone you die alone’. Oh, and breakfast without tea, nescafé, or juice is not a real meal!
By Art 7aké
Knefeh ‘ Kunafah ‘
Although Knefeh is considered a desert, we Lebanese people consider it a morning meal. It’s actually one of our favorites! It is prepared with melted cheese pastry soaked with sweet sugar based syrup, and served in a round-shaped thick bread topped with sesame seeds. Fuel up yourself tomorrow morning with one on the go!
(Source: L’abeille D’or)
Mankoushe / Saj
( Zaatar, Cheese, Labneh, Zaatar, Keshek , Lahem Bi Ajjoun )
If you’re rather a salty person then mankouche is a better option for you. Made out of flat bread with the option of adding: Zaatar, Labneh, Zaatar & Labneh, Keshek, Lahem Bi Ajjoun, Eggs, Beid bi Awerma, Halloum, Cheese & Ham, or Cheese. Some like it plain, others like it ‘Extra’. You always have the option to add vegetables inside the mankoushe like olives, tomatoes, mint, onions, cucumber, or pickled turnips and have it wrapped like a sandwich. It depends on your taste preference. You can even have it opened, closed on the side, or wrapped!
(Source: Bassem El-Bikai @bassemelbk & Art 7aké)
If you’re a vegeterian or a yogurt-lover, I bet Fateh’s your favorite thing for breakfast. A very authentic breakfast that is usually served in a ‘Fakhar’. It’s a bowl of chickpeas covered with a mix of hot yogurt and garlic, topped with pine nuts and baked pita. Fateh is a very traditional breakfast and one that is highly recommended for tourists to try!
Mezza & Vegetables
Another delightful meal can be placing all the leftovers in separate plates like turkey, ham, cheese, labneh, jam along with a plate filled with organic vegetables. The right way to eat it is by taking small pieces from the round bread and adding any of the ingredients mentioned above to it. We call it ‘ Le2meh ‘!
Foul aka ‘Ful Medames’
Foul is beans marinated in olive and lemon juice served in a bowl or a fakhar. Some people like to twist its taste by adding spices to it. Just like the mezza, you take a Le2me by dipping you piece of bread in the bowl. And then eat it with veggies like onions, tomatoes, mint, raddish, olives, and green pepper.
Beid Bi Awerma aka ‘Mix of eggs and hached lamb meat’
You have the option of eating eggs boiled, scrambled, poached or sunny-side up with obviously, some vegetables on the side. Others prefer having the eggs mixed with hached lamb meat. Enjoy your plate by adding a splash of pepper and salt to top it off.
(Source: Michel Chahin @chmichel)
A very popular Middle Eastern dish is called Falafel, which is basically spiced mashed chickpeas that are deep-fried. They are presented with a side plate of vegetables. Many enjoy having them wrapped in a pita bread for lunch as well.
(Source: Christina Atik)
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