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.
Creamy spread made with ground chickpeas and topped with paprika, whole chickpeas or toasted pine nuts, and olive oil
A Jewish egg-based bread; dough is braided and baked before being eaten on the Sabbath
Eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, onions and chili peppers
Ground chickpeas or fava beans rounded into a ball before being deep fried; often served inside pita stuffed with Israeli salad
Baked pastries made with filo dough stuffed with cheese, potato or spinach, and sprinkled with sesame seeds
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