For our cuisine nights, we like to keep things fairly balanced between different regions. When we realised we hadn’t done a Middle Eastern cuisine for nearly a year, we decided to fix that by doing a Syrian cuisine night!
For entree we made a little meze plate with two dips – capsicum & walnut and eggplant – and some pita bread. One dip was smooth and creamy while one was actually a bit crunchy, so we had some nice variety on the plate.
I had to include two pictures because both elements of the meal were so strong and they complemented each other beautifully. The kibbeh was gently spiced while the fattoush was so fresh and zesty, I just wanted to keep having more. Definitely my favourite dish of the night.
It’s always fun when the Knafeh food truck is in our area, so we thought we’d give it a go ourselves. Traditionally it’s not made with mozzarella, but it makes a good substitute (as do cornflakes instead of shredded phyllo!). The syrup was very sweet but the cheese itself was almost savoury, so it balanced well.
Middle Eastern food is a delicious combination of textures and flavours, and Syrian food was a great example!