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Arabic Food Presentation
Transcript of Arabic Food Presentation
Arabs are known for their generosity and hospitality.
An Arab will offer his guest the best food and comfort that he can afford, often denying himself in deference to his guest. Cultural Background Food is an integral part of family celebrations, special days of honor, and festivals in the Arab world.
Muslims do not eat any form of pork, or meat that has been slaughtered without mentioning the name of God.
Another dietary regulation is that they do not drink alcohol or consume food flavored with alcohol. Calling on a Friend... “and when you visit people at their home or workplace, they will generally insist that you at least have something to drink.”
“They will also keep piling food on your plate and insisting that you eat more! When you have had enough to eat, say "al-Hamdu li-llaah”
When offered a drink, guest initially refuses...Shows the guest isn’t just there to see you for something to drink/isn’t trying to be a burden...Often refuse several times before accepting
Host is always generous, but don’t take that as an opportunity to take advantage of that hospitality (13)
Traditional Middle-Eastern Food Hummus, tahini, falafel, tabouleh, pita bread, baklawa, baba ghannouj, Turkish coffee, foul mudammes, Turkish delight... Fruits and Veggies Olives, nuts, raisins, salted chick peas, toasted pumpkin seeds – appetizers and snacks
The eggplant is the most consumed vegetable in the Middle East.
A lot of the cuisine in these areas will be filled with various fruits and vegetables. Most of the fruits are of the citrus variety, but the vegetables can include everything from cucumbers and eggplant to green beans and zucchini. By Ummekulsoom Ghadai
Valentina Ceccarelli Taste of the Arab World Types of Salad Fattoush Tabouli Arabic Cuisine Meat The fine lamb and mutton raised in the Middle East is the favorite meat of the people
plentiful and not as expensive as beef
Many kinds of fish are available to coastal dwellers
Meats are also common in many dishes, but it is most often lamb or chicken. Mansaf Dairy Milk from cows or goats is usually converted to laban (yoghurt), or made into the cream cheese, labneh.
On the dairy side, you are likely to see a lot of yoghurt and white cheese. The yogurt of the region is made from sheep, cow, or goat milk, and it might be diluted with water to create a refreshing beverage or thickened to make it a tasty condiment. Grains The main cereals are rice and cracked wheat, called burghul.
Bread is very important throughout the Middle East.
Arabs like to spread their bread with olive oil, or with soft white cheese, or to dip it in the delicious oily purees which they make from chick peas, broiled eggplant or parsley flavored with pungent sesame seed oil.
Pita bread is considered to be the oldest type of bread in the world. Spices and Oils The Arab cuisine depends to a great extent on oil. Food is cooked in it or dressed with it for serving. The choice of cooking fat often identifies the country from which the recipe originates. The Lebanese like to use their own fresh olive oil, or a clarified butter called samneh.
Saffron is the most expensive herb in the world. By the time it hits the stores, it range from $600-1000 per pound. It is normally sold by the gram or ounce in markets. Drinks Coffee is essential to hospitality in Lebanon, as it is in all Middle Eastern countries.
It is the traditional sign of welcome. Its price makes it a luxury and so its serving is a mark of respect for a visitor.
Arabic (or Turkish) coffee cannot be reheated successfully because it must be freshly brewed to be good, so a guest is consciously flattered in the knowledge that he is being served a cup of coffee made expressly for him.
Tea is usually the most popular beverage in the area and is consumed quite regularly. Egyptian Cuisine In Egypt, the cuisine leans vegetarian, and you can try the classic falafel or kushari
Kushari: considered to be the Egyptian national dish, it consists of pasta and tomato sauce, among other items, including rice, lentils, caramelized onions, garlic and chickpeas.
•McDonald's has their own version of falafel on their menu in Egypt; it is called the McFalafel.
Palestine Palestine is renowned for fresh, locally produced dates, which have been cultivated in the region for thousands of years and hold significant social meaning for the Muslim population. During Ramadan, many use dates to break the fast after sunset.
Some of the dishes most popular with the Palestinian people include musakhan, maqluba (egg and rice casserole) and rice-stuffed chicken called djej mahshi.
Musakhan Maqbula Dejej Manshi •From freshly squeezed juice to snuniyeh, a medley of mixed fruits and nuts used to celebrate the coming of a baby’s first tooth, pomegranates command significant social status in Palestinian culinary culture.
Pastries are popular here, usually made with pistachios and almonds Lebanon The most famous of all Lebanese dishes, the rich pounded meat mixture called kibbeh (of which dozens of variations are possible) is served only at happy gatherings and would never be served after a funeral when a family is in mourning or at any farewell. •Manakish is also popular
It is a type of baked bread meal with toppings:
cheese, zaatar (thyme) with cheese, labneh (yoghurt type cream) or minced beef New Vocabulary Words Cheese: