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Top Middle Eastern food for foodies - For the food lovers!

Middle Eastern cuisine is popular worldwide for its taste and nutritional goodness. You can attain so many benefits consuming middle eastern food. And it makes sense now, why the interest in middle eastern cuisine has skyrocketed in recent years. Here's a list of the must-try middle eastern food you shouldn't miss out on during your travels.



The hummus is a must try and you are bound to have a taste of it as it accompanies many middle eastern dishes. The spread made of chickpeas is slathered across pita bread, burgers, baked potatoes and so much more. It appears as a side dish or a dip as well. In Abu Dhabi, beach resorts are a popular choice for accommodation and to try out local cuisines, properties such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort and the likes offer a memorable dining experience.



One could call it the Arabic pizza. The manakeesh is a circular bread that has a topping of ground meat, cheese or Zatar, which is basically herbs. You can either have it for breakfast, lunch or even as a snack. You can try it in fancy restaurants or in vendors operating along the streets and decide for yourself which one you like better.


Grilled halloumi

The grilled halloumi is another must try. They are chewy and are made from sheep and goat milk. This type of cheese, unlike others, are made without the use of bacteria or acid.


Foul meddamas

The foul meddamas aren't foul at all. They are a fava beans-based dish that has onions, olive oil, garlic, lemons and parsley added to it, making it a flavoursome dish. Although the dish may not look very appetising, the taste of it makes up for the brown coloured mush that will be served. Don't back off by the looks of it. The taste is something else altogether!



Falafel another flavour-filled goodness is a must try as it is one of the most loved dishes by the locals and tourists alike. Falafels are basically fried chickpeas that have been moulded in ample herbs to give some heavenly flavour. You can try it on its own or order a falafel sandwich and taste it packed in pita bread.



Tabouleh might sound like a vegetarian's delight. Having said that, you don't have to be a vegetarian to simply fall in love with this dish. The Tabouleh is made out of mint, parsley, bulgur, tomatoes and onions making it a wholesome salad. Besides, the dish is very popular among the locals, therefore, jot it down on your to-do list of foods to try.


Moutabal/baba ghanoush

You tried the hummus and fell in love with it right away, yeah? But now, why not another delicious middle eastern dip? Try the Moutabal which is made out of eggplants prominently. In addition, there is a serving of chillies that are spiced up to give you a boost of taste. After trying this you can decide for yourself which dip you like better, the hummus or the Moutabal. Just a head's up, you won't be able to decide which one is better. Both are that good!

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