Honoring Lebanese Cuisine: Uncovering Hidden Gems That Serve It Best
It shouldn’t be a hassle to indulge on generous, delicious and good-quality Lebanese cuisine around here.
Our ancestors have developed what we know today as the Lebanese cuisine, out the commonly available ingredients from their own crops. Those people were farmers, who mostly fed on vegetarian meals, soups and stews, where meat is only served on occasions, or for feudal lords who were the only ones to afford to slaughter sheep and cows. Those poor farmers were the ones to develop what is now an internationally celebrated healthy cuisine.
Hummus, lentils, beans, bulgur, parsley, mint, olives, onions, aubergines, carobs, figs, grapes and mulberries -to name a few- were commonly planted in each and every garden, especially on the Lebanese coastline. Naturally, our ancestors had to come up with meals with whatever is available, and this is the story behind the creation of our famous traditional dishes, like tabbouleh, falafel, hummus and moujadara (among many others). Notice how all the authentic Lebanese dishes are constituted of these natural and healthy ingredients.
The factors that have contributed to making our cuisine increasingly popular world-wide are many. To name a few:
– Its richness in several ingredients, thus, flavours to satisfy almost every taste.
– The fact that it is healthy.
– The laid back traditional Lebanese eating culture, where families and friends spend hours nibbling on Mezze and drinking Arak, while chatting and laughing…
In case you think you have tried authentic Lebanese food, please allow me to give you a tip: Nothing tastes as authentic as the tabbouleh and the raw meat kibbeh that are made right here, on these very grounds called Lebanon. The parsley here is never the same one you can buy in plastic containers at a local market in Paris, and the Arak may be easily imported to your country, but it won’t taste as good when it isn’t coupled with a traditional raw kibbeh platter. Only a Lebanese can perfect that combination.
So, out of adoration to this marvelous and diverse cuisine, and out of love for everything authentically Lebanese, it is my utmost pleasure to take you on a journey to look for the right places that still truly offer tributes to our traditions. Places where you can savor Lebanese dishes that are made to perfection. These restaurants are neither flashy nor over-priced, and most certainly aren’t famous for their interior decorations and artsy tableware. They are distinguished by amazing food, hospitality, and positive vibes.
Come along to discover the most hidden treasured places in Lebanon, where our celebrated culinary history is remade -everyday- with much love, devotion and respect for traditions.
Follow us as the first hidden gem where you can dine (& not necessarily in style) on amazing authentic Lebanese food, will be revealed next.