Lebanese food is a Mediterranean cuisine and is one of the most popular of all Middle Eastern cuisines. As with most Mediterranean cuisines, seasonality and what is available plays a huge role in the types of dishes created.
Lebanon food is a hybrid of cuisines that influenced the area through the centuries including The Ottomans and The French.
A Lebanese diet focuses on herbs, spices, and fresh ingredients. Some of the most common seasonings include mint, parsley, oregano, garlic, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Bread is a staple food in Lebanon and is served with almost every meal, with flatbread and pita being the most common and is a crucial part of their diet. Fruit, vegetables, rice, and bread out-weigh the amount of meat eaten in an average household meal.
Most Lebanese food is either grilled, baked or sautéed in olive oil and vegetables are usually eaten raw, pickled or cooked.
Similar to the tapas in Spain or aperitivo in Italy, in Lebanon drinks are accompanied with food. Mezze is a selection of flavourful, small hot and cold dishes and vary from vegetarian, meat or fish. They are presented as appetizers or sometimes as a meal itself. These dishes typically include Salads such as Tabbouleh or Fattoush alongside dips such as Hummus or Tahini, which are then followed by dishes containing vegetables and eggs, then small meat or fish dishes.
The national dish of Lebanon is Kibbeh, a pate type of dish made of lamb and bulgur wheat usually made in a variety of different ways.
Pastries such as Baklava a sweet, flaky pastry prepared with pistachio nuts and a generous amount of drizzled rose-water syrup and Maamoul are the most popular sweet dishes eaten after meals whilst their Ice Cream has very oriental flavours made from dried apricots, fresh fruits and pistachios. Lebanon’s variety of fresh fruits including Melon, Oranges, Grapes and Figs makes them increasingly popular after-dinner desserts.
We provide a selection of fresh, healthy and delicious Lebanese menu at Sanjay Foods.