Must-eat Lebanese food that you might not have heard of
Hummus, Falafel and Shawarma are among the most popular Lebanese food in the whole world. Their taste substantiates their popularity, as all of these dishes are beloved by everyone worldwide. With influences from both the Middle Eastern and the Mediterranean culture, Lebanese dishes embody the characteristics of both cultures which makes Lebanese food richer and tastier.
For people who love trying dishes all over the world, there are various restaurants that offer more than just the popular dishes of a country. In Perth, Western Australia, Elie’s Tent is a Lebanese restaurant that specialises in serving authentic Lebanese food as cooked by the head chef, Mona Jabbour, the mother of the Jabbour family, owners of the restaurant. From starter to dessert, Elie’s Tent serves popular Lebanese food as well as those that you’ll only get when you visit a Lebanese home.
Aside from Hummus, Falafel and Shawarma, there are more must-eat Lebanese food that the world needs to know. From halal food to vegan-friendly and vegetarian-friendly dishes, here are some Lebanese dishes that can fill you up from start to finish!
TABBOULEH is considered as the most popular salad in Middle Eastern cuisine as well as the number one vegetable salad in Lebanon because of its rich ingredients which make the salad savoury but clean and fresh-tasting as well. At Elie’s Tent, Tabbouleh is made from Burghul or crushed wheat, freshly diced tomato & onion, parsley and other herbs & spices tossed in fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil as dressing. As a vegetarian food, Tabbouleh is best paired with Hummus and Lebanese bread to accompany the rich and light taste of the salad. At Elie’s Tent, it is also part of our Vegetarian Banquet Special. For non-vegans and non-vegetarians, we serve Tabbouleh alongside Shish Tawook, Shish Kebab, Falafel and more in our Barbeque Platter. Aside from that, Tabbouleh is also part of our Banquet Special for meat lovers.
MAKANEK or Lebanese Sausage is a delicious fried food that is often served in breakfast together with some rice and vegetables. Sometimes, spices are added to the sausage to add an extra kick to the food. At Elie’s Tent, Makanek is made from ground lamb seasoned with salt and pepper and marinated in our secret recipe. It is then pan fried using olive oil and then sprinkled with fresh lemon juice. Makanek is best paired with Maghmour, an eggplant ragout, to compliment the pan-fried dish. Dips such as Hummus and Moutabbal can also be ordered on the side to experience an explosion of flavour.
FOUL MADAMAS or FUL MEDAMES is a vegetable dish that is a staple in Egypt. It is also believed to have originated in Ancient Egypt and then exported to other parts of the Arabian world including Lebanon. At Elie’s Tent, Foul Madamas is made from boiled Fava Beans mixed with garlic, pure lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil dressing. As a vegan and vegetarian-friendly food, this dish can be partnered with Warak Inab Bizzait or fresh tomato, onion, parsley and rice mixed together and wrapped in grape leaves. Foul Madamas can also be eaten with Falafel to compliment the deep-friend texture of the latter.
NAMURA is a favourite dessert made from Semolina cake and syrup. At Elie’s Tent, we use Pistachio and Almonds to not only make the dessert more beautiful but to add more flavour to the sweetened cake. It is best eaten together with a hot drink like our LEBANESE COFFEE to complement the sweet and savoury taste of the pastry. At Elie’s Tent, we serve various hot and cold beverages, but we specialise in authentic Lebanese Coffee mixed with cardamom and powdered sugar. Aside from that, we also have long macchiato and short macchiato to match our special Baclawa dessert.
At Elie’s Tent, we serve Tabbouleh, Makanek, Foul Madamas, Namura and Lebanese Coffee along with Hummus, Falafel, Shawarma and a lot more tasty Lebanese halal food in Perth. We are located at 610 Albany Highway, Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia 6100. We serve halal food in Perth, but we are also a vegan-friendly and vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Victoria Park. We are also open to catering your event at your chosen venue, but you can also have your event at our restaurant but be sure to reserve beforehand.