Six Middle Eastern Food To Try Today

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In North America, Middle Eastern food first became popular in the 1990s with the so-called “Mediterranean diet.” At Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, we know all too well about Middle Eastern dishes. We have some of the finest Middle Eastern food on our menu that is sure to please. From hot and cold appetizers, to entrees and desserts, we’d like to think of ourselves as experts in Middle Eastern food. We have compiled a list of six of our most popular dishes served at Terrace Restaurant and Lounge.

Hummus

Hummus, which is served as a cold appetizer, is made with cooked, mashed chickpeas and blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. You can enjoy hummus even more by scooping it with a flatbread, such as pita. This delicious dip can also be slathered on anything from a burger to a baked potato. This has become such a popular food that there is a day dedicated just to celebrate hummus. Hummus Day is the third Thursday in May.

Falafel

Falafel, a traditional Middle Eastern food, is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. It can be served in a pita, which acts as a pocket. Falafel has become popular among vegetarians and vegans as well. It’s eaten as an alternative to meat and is now sold in packaged mixes in health-food stores.

Tabouleh

Tabouleh has quickly become a popular “American ethnic food.” Tabouleh is traditionally made with tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur, onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.  You can eat this dish by itself, or with bread, such as pita.

Fattoush

Fattoush is a tangy salad and considered to be one of the Middle East’s greatest contributions to world culture. Fattoush salad consists of crispy green lettuce, crunchy fried squares of pita, diced tomatoes, cucumbers and onion, garlic, lemon, olive oil and mint. In addition, the spice known as Sumac is usually added to the salad to give fattoush its tangy taste. All these ingredients make for a refreshing salad that is sure to excite your taste buds.

Dolma

Who doesn’t love Dolma? Dolma is a stuffed grape leave. Common vegetables to stuff include tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini, eggplant, and garlic. The stuffing may or may not include meat and rice. Meat dolmas are generally served warm, while meatless dolmas can be served right out of the refrigerator.

Baklava

Dessert? Yes, please! End your dining experience with delicious Baklava. This dessert is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.

To try these Middle Eastern foods, stop by Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, or any Middle Eastern restaurant in Los Angeles – you won’t be disappointed!