Middle Eastern Food Origins Unveiled: Middle Eastern Cuisine!

For decades now, there has been an ongoing debate and controversy surrounding the Middle East. No, I’m not talking about its economic or political problems. Nor am I talking about its religious divide. I’m talking about something even deeper than that – Middle Eastern Food Origins

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Middle Eastern Food Origins Unveiled: 

I’m talking about food. Let’s talk about origins baby.

No matter where you are from the Middle East, there are certain foods that you probably claim originate from your country. Well, the battle will finally be over. The controversy unveiled. I’m here to tell you exactly where many of the meals that make up Middle Eastern food actually come from.

Let’s start with the basics.

  1. Tabbouleh!! As part of the mezze, this delicious salad is originally from Lebanon and Syria!
  2. Hummus. Another mezze essential. Hummus wars will arise in all parts of the Middle East as they claim this delicious spread as their own! The actual origin of Hummus is unknown. However, the earliest mention of it was in Egypt. But with different methods of preparation, most Middle Eastern countries have their own twist of how to prepare it, making each unique to the specific country.Hummus
  3. Baba Ghanouj, or spoiled father, got its name from Syria and Lebanon. It refers to a toothless father needing his daughter to mash his food to be able to eat it. Even though eggplant originated in Southeast Asia, Baba Ghanouj is a mixture originating in Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Palestine.
  4. Fattoush. This salad originated in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq.
  5. Kebbe Nayeh or raw Kibbeh. This meal originated in Lebanon and is a mezze favorite!
  6. Asbe Sawda Nayeh or raw liver. Another mezze favorite originating in Lebanon. Usually, has Lahme Nayeh or raw meat as well.
  7. Zaatar. While this thyme blend has origins from various locations around the world, the Manouche, or Zaatar sandwich, is a Lebanese classic!
  8. Shawarma. Although this sandwich has been tweaked to fit the taste buds of the several Middle Eastern countries, it was originally sampled from the Turkish Doner Kebab!
  9. Baklava. No one can argue about the Turkish Baklava! Originally from Turkey, this delight made its way well throughout all Middle Eastern countries.Baklava
  10. Arak. This alcoholic drink is unique to Syria and Lebanon since no sugar is added. However, others forms originated from other countries in the Middle East. Its known as Raki in Turkey, and Ouzo in Greece. Although similar, each country adds its own unique factor to the drink.

Now that we got that covered, what do you think about this beautiful culinary divide and Middle Eastern food origins? No need to argue any further. Even though you now know exactly where each of these came from, rest assured that each country has its own twist to the meal. Adding character and history to the food. All these combinations is what makes Middle Eastern cuisine so rich and well known throughout the world. There might be divide in other aspects, but when it comes to food, I think we can all agree that Middle Eastern cuisine comes together to produce a beautiful and artistic presentation of history and culture.

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