9 Ridiculously Good Lebanese Foods You Need to Try

Lebanese food - hummus with chickpeas and pita bread.

Heading to Beirut or want to bring a little piece of Lebanon into your kitchen? Here are 9 delicious Lebanese dishes you need to taste and try. If your kitchen needs a bit of Beirut or you want to explore some new foods, then you need to check out these delicious tasty treats. Lebanese food is hearty, with sugar, spice and all things nice! So test out these recipes yourself and you're bound to love them!

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1. Kibbeh

Lebanon’s National Dish is calling your name, tempting you to crunch into its crazy delicious fried exterior to let those sautéed pine nuts and spicy minced meat waken up your tongue. Yum! Make them at home with DedeMed’s recipe.

Lebanese food. Kebbeh - the national dish of Lebanon, fried with spices.

2. Kafta

The kafta is a happy little lamb, beef or chicken meatball, filled with onion, parsley, breadcrumbs and spices. These guys are barbecued on skewers or served in a gravy. Saveur have a lamb recipe to get you started.

Lebanese food. Kofta - barbecued meet..

3. Kanafeh

Sweeten up your day with this sugary cheese pastry smothered in orange blossom syrup. Cheese, sugar and butter are best friends in the kanafeh. Want to make your own? Get ready to drool with Maureen Abood’s Blog.

Lebane food. Knafeh - platter with national dish - desert with cheese and syrup. © Maureen Abood / Rose Water and Orange Blossoms

4. Hummus

Carrot sticks taste so much better with a huge scoop of hummus on the end! This chickpea, garlic and tahini blend of happiness is perfect for nibbles before dinner. Suzy at The Mediterranean Dish shows you step-by-step how to make delicious hummus.

Lebane food. Hummus with chickpeas with paprika and spice on a plate.

5. Rice Pilaf

Rice is a super staple in Middle Eastern countries and Lebanon knows how to spruce it up. It is traditional to add fried vermicelli noodles and serve it with other delicious Lebanese meat dishes. Want a perfected recipe to try? The Lemon Bowl’s chef Liz, shares some secrets into making it just right.

Lebane food. Pilaf - rice pilaf in a bow.© The Lemon Bowl

6. Fattoush

Any salad that contains something deep fried is a good salad, are we right? And that is just what you can expect with fattoush. With crispy lettuce, bread and veggies, this is an ideal ‘I want to feel like I’m eating healthy, but still taste something’ dish. We especially liked A Cedar Spoon’s recipe – try it yourself.

Lebane food. Fattouch - salad with fried bread and lettuce.

7. Manakish

Bread topped with thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and olive oil, this ‘Lebanese Pizza’ is a popular breakfast food but can be enjoyed all day, every day. Learn a little about the manakish and try out the recipe at the food blog.

Lebane food. Manakish - lebanese bread like pita bread, with spices and yogurt.

8. Tabbouleh

Ooh how we love tabbouleh! Parsley, mint, tomatoes and a bunch of other yummy stuff come together to make this die-hard side dish. Want to make a traditional Lebanese version? Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen has what you are looking for.

Lebane food. Tabbouleh - lebanese-arabic food, salad with garlic and tomato.

9. Sfeeha

Meat pies are always a good thing and in Lebanon they have their own version with an optimal meat to pie ratio. With no lid hiding the scrumptious insides, your eyes can start feasting on the good bits as soon as it hits the table. The Chef in Disguise has some great tips for when making sfeeha.

Lebane food. Sheeha - lebanese meat pie open on top.

The only thing better than trying out these foods in your own kitchen, is making the trip to the source. Take your taste buds on a seriously sweet holiday and make Beirut your next destination. The Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut offers stylish, upscale accommodation for those wanting a delicious stay from beginning to end. Get a taste of all things Beirut in the on-site Olivos Restaurant that will perfectly blend spices and aromas to take you on an unforgettable culinary journey.

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