Arab Street Food (Part 2)

Gary Greer 11/13/2019
Arab Culture

We’re sure that the last article on Arab street food left people craving. However, I realized that there are so many more delicious Arab foods that you can eat. Obviously, there are too many to mention in just one article. So, without further ado, here’s a list of street foods you can get on the go in most Arabic speaking countries:


Another great dish for vegetarians. Tabouleh is a Lebanese favorite made with ingredients as tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur and onion. Olive oil, lemon juice, and salt make for the seasonings for it. Need I mention that it is served with slices of Arabian bread? (Make sure it’s plenty of bread, as you’re going to want to sop up every succulent drop.)


Sort of like the Arab version of a skinny calzone. Stuff some Arabic bread withminced lamb meat, tomato, onion and a variety of spices and you will get araayis. You can find it in many restaurants and stands throughout the Arab world. They’re a great choice for a hand-held, on-the-go snack.

Sheesh Taawooq 

I love sheesh everything, so we can’t believe I forgot to mention shish tawook in the last article. You will find this almost everywhere in Turkey, Azerbaijan, and the Levant region. Sheesh taawooq is a traditional marinated chicken shish kabaab of Middle Eastern cuisine. And you know, especially those of you from Minnesota, everything tastes better when it’s cooked on a stick


Kubbeh is another Levantine favorite (especially in Lebanon). Combine bulghur, minced onions and spiced, finely ground lean beef, lamb, goat or camel meat and you’re good to go.

Grilled / Fried Cheese  

Grilled cheese is made from Nabulsi cheese or Halloumi cheese. Nabulsi cheese is a firm, white cheese made from goat or sheep’s milk that originated in Nablus in Palestine. Tangy and pungent, it’s usually cooked with eggs, but is often also served as a side dish.
Halloumi cheese, on the other hand (or should I say in the other hand since this is an article about street food on the go) is a semi-hard, briny cheese made from cow’s milk or a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. Since it has a high melting point, it’s usually fried or grilled and served in many sandwiches, either on its own or with meats or vegetables.

So, there is another list of Arab cuisine you can eat on the go, but that’s not all the delicious street food that the Arab world has to offer. Of course they have international fast food and take away cuisine available as well, but if you’re visiting one of the many Arab speaking countries, why bother when you have some of the most savory food in the world all around you.

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