If we had to describe Lebanese cuisine to someone, we’d say it’s a mix of Mediterranean flavors melded with Middle Eastern cooking methods. Based on its location along the Mediterranean coast and its Muslim population, this mix makes perfect sense when you think about it!
Of all the Middle Eastern communities in Australia, none have made a bigger, more endearing impact than our Lebanese population. This post will cover every Lebanese, including a QIKI history discussing Lebanese cultural roots, a primer on the best Lebanese dishes in Collingwood, and some QIKI tips at the very bottom for picky eaters who just can’t make up their minds. Read below to get a full taste of Lebanese culture and cuisine!
Lebanese-Australians have one of the more unique immigration stories to the Outback. Unlike other immigrant groups, which followed specific waves from the 1850s, 1950s, and 1970s, the Lebanese communities established themselves as early as 1880, but kept a steady rate of growth all the way through to the 1970s. War drove away many Lebanese from their homeland (1967 Arab-Israeli war, 1975 Lebanese Civil War), but fortunately they found a home right here in Melbourne.
Many Lebanese immigrants, missing the nostalgia of cooking with their families back home, brought the best dishes from their home country over to our humble metropolitan city! Now, halal lamb and authentic kebabs are found right at the local Lebanese restaurants in Collingwood. We highly recommend looking them up to hear their incredible immigrant stories of perseverance and spirit.
Hummus Starter Plate
Made from ground chickpeas with a perfect texture, hummus is a staple food from Lebanese kitchens. Combined with tahini (ground sesame seeds), garlic, green chili, olive oil, and an array of aromatic, every Lebanese restaurant in Collingwood serves this perfect appetizer! Local Lebanese establishments also serve versions with meat and mushrooms mixed in. Always served with a side of pita bread.
The local Lebanese restaurants in Collingwood are very vegan-friendly. This dish tosses cauliflower in Middle Eastern spiced mayo and mixed with a boiled egg, green chili, and fresh parsley as garnish. Perfect for vegetarian diets.
Spiced Moroccan Curry
If you are spice king or spice queen, time to go for the curry. A hot plate with pumpkin, chickpeas, garlic, and lemon, Moroccan Curry has a perfect balance of taste and texture. Highly recommended for those who love spicy.
Falafels are a classic Lebanese dish made when cooks deep fry ground chickpeas. This dish comes with chopped salad, tahini, green chili, and parsley all wrapped inside a warm and toasty pita bread. For anyone who likes wraps, calzones, or sandwiches, this is your winner right here; check the Lebanese restaurants in Collingwood for it!
Chicken Shawarma Plate
Marinated in seasoning like garlic, turmeric, lime, cardamom, cinnamon, and more, Chicken Shawarma has a rich, tangy flavor that comes from its cooking method; chefs stack the chicken on a “vertical spit roast, where it slowly rotates to glaze the flavor into the meat. Mixed with house hummus and tahini, this plate is so good you’ll probably want to learn how to make it from home!
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