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Hot and sour grilled beef salad

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Smoky roast eggplant dip

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Lamb meatballs with sour cherry sauce

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Leisurely Lunch

The sharing of street food really brings the community together. In countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, you will often see family and friends all enjoying street food dishes as a group. The party may span several generations, from revered great-grandparents to the youngest additions to the family clan. Sharing different dishes of street food makes for a very informal, relaxed type of meal; it is the food that brings everyone together. There is something for everyone to dip into while catching up on each other’s lives. Different textures and flavors build a colorful mixture of contrasts-much like the family or friends who are enjoying the meal.

Some of the best food in the world is the simplest and eaten by the people who have the least. Peasant and street food cooks from all over the world have to be much more resourceful to create delicious food because they do not have luxury ingredients at their disposal. You can apply similar principles to an informal lunch, where the food should be simple yet packed full of flavor.


Menu 1

Chard soup with rice and turmeric Jordan

Hot and sour grilled beef salad Vietnam

Lamb meatballs with sour cherry sauce Turkey

Smoky roast eggplant dip Lebanon

Sweet fried ravioli Italy


Menu 2

Chicken-stuffed flat bread with curry sauce Singapore

Eastern jeweled pilaf Jordan

Salad of roast pork with cucumber Vietnam

Hummus with cinnamon lamb Lebanon

Toasted pita bread salad Lebanon


Menu 3

Salt cod croquettes Spain

Coriander marinated fish Morocco

Potato and cumin curry India

Spinach and walnut salad Syria

Almond and cardamom biscuits Morocco


Menu 4

Spicy mussel soup Brazil

Crispy paratha India

Spicy fried okra Sri Lanka

Zucchini stuffed with lamb and pine nuts Syria

Yogurt cream cheese dip Lebanon

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