Middle Eastern food

Q&A

'Grandma Cooking' Is the Inspiration for Rose Previte's Middle Eastern Restaurant

"In Maydān, we’re creating a space for expats and exiles to feel safe," the Lebanese-American restaurateur says.
Mayukh Sen
3.23.18
Recipe

Muhammara

A flavorful Middle Eastern dip that also happens to be 100 percent vegan.
Dixie Innes
8.9.17
Avocado

This Restaurant Banned Avocado from Its Menu for Being Too Basic

“Avocado should complement dishes, and the team behind the restaurant believes it is time to share the limelight with some other culinary stars.”
Jelisa Castrodale
3.22.17
Iraqi cuisine

This Supper Club Might Change Your Mind About Iraq

“Culture, art, music, history, heritage—that’s not at the forefront of people’s mind when we hear the word ‘Iraq.’”
James Rippingale
2.21.17
cambodia

This Iraqi Refugee Family Makes Cambodia’s Best Baba Ghanouj

Muna, her husband, and five sons fled their war torn hometown of Fallujah for Cambodia two years ago. Now in Phnom Penh, the family runs a restaurant recreating traditional Iraqi dishes with a makeshift oven and improvised ingredients.
Nathan A. Thompson
2.7.17
Middle eastern cooking

This Palestinian Chef Puts Pita Before Politics

“People often ask me what ‘Palestinian food’ is. I say, 'This is what my grandmother cooked before she knew there was another country other than where she lived.' She taught my mum. My mum taught me. That’s it.”
Johanna Derry
1.4.17
CHEFS

Meet the London Chef Making Meat on a Stick a Thing of Beauty

Josh Katz of Berber & Q wants diners to ditch the elephant-leg shawarma from the kebab shop for traditional Levantine charcoal-grilled meat.
Daisy Meager
6.15.16
Middle Eastern food

How Hummus Brought a Palestinian and an Israeli Together to Help Refugees in Berlin

When Jalil Dabit, a Palestinian restaurateur and chef, and Oz Ben David, an Israeli marketing guru, decided to launch Kanaan in Berlin, it was natural for the chickpea purée to feature prominently on the short menu.
Diana Hubbell
5.2.16
Middle Eastern food

These Butchers Are Bringing Middle Eastern Whole-Animal Roasts to LA

Debbie Michail and Alex Jermasek's roving pop-up Logmeh encourages diners to eat with their hands, make new friends, and experience cuisines that are frequently undervalued in the West.
Hillary Eaton
4.27.16
Berlin

This Former Web Developer Is Bringing Syrian Food to Berlin

Hadi Nsreeny fled Aleppo for an IT job in Germany last year, but ended up introducing a Middle Eastern-inspired menu of hummus with flatbrot and baba ghanouj to Berlin's Wolff & Eber restaurant.
Alexandra Hayward
4.5.16
Middle Eastern food

How Ecuador Fell in Love with Shawarma

Ecuador's relatively lax immigration policy continues to make it an attractive destination for people from the Middle East, and they're bringing their food traditions with them.
Melissa Kitson
3.23.16
Curry

You'll Need Nine Hours and a Ghotni to Make This Curry

It takes hours to pulverise the meat required for haleem—the Indian Arab curry—using a traditional wooden utensil. Chef Muhammad at London’s Lahore Kebab House has been cooking the dish since 1987.
Tom Jones
3.14.16
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