As the German proverb “What the farmer doesn’t know, he won’t eat” says, people are often unreceptive in terms of unfamiliar things. Especially in case of food it is often affirmed. German people love meatloaf, sauerkraut, smashed potatoes and bratwurst. If they want to eat something different, they visit a common American burger place, get a doner kebab or enjoy a pizza in an Italian restaurant. But there is plenty of offers in our culinary landscape that offers a welcome change with great meals of diversity.

Mix of Cultures

Syrian food sticks to Islamic standards and is characterized by different countries like Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine. Those influences are mixed with Greek and French specialties and yield a variety of exotic delectations.

Syrian food is based on different essentials like flatbread, lamb meat, chicken meat, different dairy products, rice and chickpeas. Those things are combined with fruits and vegetables, nuts, spices and a lot of oil. Usually there is an appetizer before the main dish. It is called “mezé” and means “little plate”. It is comparable to Spanish tapas and Italian antipasti. Syrians have tea with their meals. Tea is Syria’s national drink and antagonizes sweating. So, keep that in mind for summer.

A feast for the eyes

In Syria eating is more than just food consumption. Food provides energy and ensures the people’s employability. For this reason, food has a special meaning to Syrian people and two things are very important: on the one hand having meals together, on the other hand they pay a special attention to decoration. Serving the meals affectionately starts with the choice of the dishes and ends with decorating the food.

Commemorate a meal and make time for it during the stressful daily routine isn’t only for cultural and social reasons. Eating slow and mindful prevents from overweight, indigestion and stress.

Trying something new

Although Syrian food has a lot of positive properties it is no rocket science. You can find required ingredients in Arabic supermarkets. Especially in Gaarden and Mettenhof there are a lot of them. And also the preparation is very simple as the following recipe proofs. Enjoy!