What Should You Eat in the Middle East?

By Hayley Panagakis, January 24, 2017

You can’t visit the Middle East without tasting its range of authentic Mediterranean cuisine. But with so much to choose from, where do you start? Have a taste of these six popular dishes the next time you’re in the Middle East, and don’t forget to work with your catering team to incorporate them into your menu for attendees.

Middle East cuisine Israeli hummusIsraeli hummus

Creamy spread made with ground chickpeas and topped with paprika, whole chickpeas or toasted pine nuts, and olive oil


Middle East cuisine ChallahChallah

A Jewish egg-based bread; dough is braided and baked before being eaten on the Sabbath


Middle East cuisine ShakshukaShakshuka

Eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, onions and chili peppers

Middle East cuisine falafelFalafel

Ground chickpeas or fava beans rounded into a ball before being deep fried; often served inside pita stuffed with Israeli salad


Middle East cuisine bourekasBourekas

Baked pastries made with filo dough stuffed with cheese, potato or spinach, and sprinkled with sesame seeds


Middle East cuisine HalvaHalva

Sweet treat made with sesame tahini and mixed with chocolate or mocha



Photo credits: Stella Ng; Gveret Tered; slgckgc/Flickr; Dana Friedlander/Israeli Ministry of Tourism; Meghan Hess

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