Arabic Breakfast

Whenever I’m asked which meal is my favourite of the day (a question I hate by the way, because it depends on what you’re eating AND I like all the meal times) my answer is breakfast.

There is just something about a big breakfast that seems so decadent, for most people brekkie in the UK is toast or a bowl of cereal before you rush off to school or work, so to be able to take your time and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, seems like a real treat.

During my time in Dubai, I had just two early starts, this meant I got to have 10 huge and leisurely breakfasts.  When I spotted the ‘Arabic Breakfast’ on the menu, I had to try it. Let’s take a closer look at what was in it…

Arabic Breakfast

Halloumi with Rocket, Hummus, Ful Medames and Labneh,

Laban: This is fermented milk, sometimes called buttermilk.  It is made by allowing milk to ferment for 24 hours.  It tastes like watered down, sour yoghurt, it isn’t unpleasant, but it isn’t something I could drink a full glass of.

Ful Medames: A dish traditionally made of fava beans (a few of which have been mashed) with cumin.  Mine came in a thick tomato sauce, which was really tasty.

Labneh: This is yoghurt that has had the whey strained out.  It tastes like a really think Greek yoghurt, almost a cross between Greek yoghurt and cheese. It was a little too salty for me and the consistency freaked me out a little.

Arabic Bread: Similar to flat or pitta bread – it was a little dry, but nice enough and went well with all the other dishes.

There was also; Halloumi, feta cheese, olives, cucumber, red pepper, onion and pickles.

A few of these dishes are an acquired taste, that I’m afraid I don’t possess quite yet.  The halloumi and ful medames were my favourites.

Have you had these kind of dishes for breakfast before?  Would you try it?


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