When you decide that you fancy a takeaway, do your thoughts spring automatically to an Indian or Chinese? Well, there is an increasingly popular alternative that is finding favour across the country and this is Lebanese takeaway food. The food is not only healthy, but is full of flavour and aromas that are very different to the more traditional takeaway menus.
Here are five favourites from the vast array of Lebanese takeaways – see if they don’t tickle your taste buds enough to try this exciting alternative!
Kofta or Kafta
This is basically a meatball which is mixed with aromatic spices and onions. The shape is sometimes varied into a finger or a flat cake and they are typically inserted on a skewer which is then grilled over charcoal or baked in an oven. This is one of the most popular dishes on a Lebanese takeaway menu and once you have tasted it you will understand why.
This is a grilled chicken skewer with the chicken being marinated in olive oil, lemon, parsley, and sumac. This gives the chicken a very distinctive taste and flavour that is unmatched by any other type of kebab from any other country. It is often eaten as a sandwich accompanied by vegetables or French fries!
This extremely popular desert is made of rich sweet pastry. The phyllo dough is layered, filled with chopped nuts and then drizzled with syrup. It might be heavy in calories but it is also one of the most beautiful deserts available.
The Kibbeh is a national dish made from burghul, chopped meat and spices. Wheat is soaked in cold water, squeezed to remove excess water and then combined with meat, chopped onions, salt and pepper. A filling is made from onions fried with pine nuts and meat. The filling is inserted into the wheat and meat combination by poking a finger into it to make a space for the filling, the filling is pushed inside and then the whole thing is sealed with more what and meat combination. The finished article resembles the more familiar Scotch egg. It is then fried in hot oil until golden brown and drained on paper towels.
This is basically a salad made from toasted croutons, tomatoes, cucumbers and mint. The variety of textures provided by the crunchy croutons and the cucumber and tomato make this a very tasty dish.
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