6/1/2016 – World Wednesday – Lebanese


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Well, yesterday featured a new food question, which plays perfectly for a World Wednesday recap.

Learned League precedent (LL69, MD4) – An Arabic term derived from the Turkish for “rotation” is what Lebanese and greater Levantine dish, roughly equivalent to the Greek gyro, the Turkish döner kebab, and the Mexican tacos al pastor?

Hopefully the combination of the keywords “Arabic” + “rotation” + “gyro” helped you land on the final answer of shawarma. Believe it or not, I have actually eaten shawarma, and I’m sure it entered the national conscious after its appearance in The Avengers. If you want a large amount of meat that has been rotated vertically, shawarma is the way to go. I am now 2 for 2 (which helped me go 6 for 6 yesterday).

Well, it’s Wednesday, so let’s learn more about some treats from the Middle East. The eighteenth stop on the World Wednesday tour takes us to Lebanon.

بالهنا والشفا!

1. What Lebanese said is made with crushed bulgar, parsley, tomatoes, onions, and seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice? Its often served with meze, or a selection of small dishes served as an appetizer.

Question 1

2. What Lebanese salad is more or less the same salad as the one in Question 1, but the vegetables are chopped larger, it includes pita bread, might included radish, and features staghorn sumac to give it its sour taste?

Question 2

3. Kibbeh is a dish made of bulgar, onions, and finely ground beef, lamb, goat, or even camel. A popular meze, kibbeh nayyeh is a notable Lebanese dish with what major property?

4. The dish seen here, a close relative of baklava, has the same name as what English bread product?

Question 4

5. Alcohol! A traditional drink in many Middle Eastern countries, name the anise-flavored drink with a 30-60% alcohol content that is also nicknamed “the milk of lions”.


Question 5

Tomorrow: More food trivia!


1. Tabboleh
2. Fattoush
3. The meat is served raw
4. Lady fingers
5. Arak


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