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REDISCOVERING MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE


DECEMBER 1 -Ouzi Dajaj
A memorable introduction to Middle Eastern food was the bonus for spending three holidays while on a news assignment in the Middle East in the winter of 1969-1970: Christmas, New Year, and the fifth anniversary of Al Fatah. With Manila Chronicle columnist Ernie Granada representing print and myself for ABS-CBN radio and TV, the two of us formed the Lopez Tri-Media team covering “the other side” of the Mideast issue which, Ernie complained, was not reported adequately and fairly by the western press at the time. READ MORE...

ALSO: Huma Mediterranean Restaurant


AT THE SM MALL OF ASIA COMPLEX -With floor to ceiling windows, diners are treated to a panoramic view of the bay. Perfect for romantic moments or picture perfect celebrations. For information on the menu, please visit our zomato site at https://www.zomato.com/humacuisine/menu or call 7724573 for reservations! #dineathuma — at Huma Mediterranean Cuisine. READ MORE...


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Rediscovering Mediterranean cuisine


Ouzi Dajaj

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MANILA, DECEMBER 5, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN LIFESTYLE) Published December 1, 2016, By Sol Vanzi - A memorable introduction to Middle Eastern food was the bonus for spending three holidays while on a news assignment in the Middle East in the winter of 1969-1970: Christmas, New Year, and the fifth anniversary of Al Fatah.

With Manila Chronicle columnist Ernie Granada representing print and myself for ABS-CBN radio and TV, the two of us formed the Lopez Tri-Media team covering “the other side” of the Mideast issue which, Ernie complained, was not reported adequately and fairly by the western press at the time.

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While he prepared questions for scheduled interviews with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and El Fatah chief Yasser Arafat, I walked the streets of Cairo photographing and tasting local food sold in small outdoor stalls all over the legendary Khan El Khalili souk.


shawarma

Operating since the 14th century, it is the most interesting and famous bazaar not only in Egypt, but also in the entire Middle East. It is famous for unusual oriental souvenirs and handmade crafts, the best way to be introduced to Egyptian food.

The scenes and scents in the open market were intoxicating and unforgettable, like a frame in a Cecil B. DeMille biblical classic. The air around the bazaar was always thick with mist-like steam from cardamom-scented coffee, syrupy-sweet and served in small cups.


lamb stew

The tables were piled high with freshly made flat bread that were crusty on the outside and moist inside, perfect for tearing up and spreading with one or more of the various dips. My instant favorites were: hummus from chickpea and baba ghanoush with broiled eggplant, which I rolled up inside the bread with grilled lamb kebabs and falafel (chickpea burgers).

Bottles and jars of homemade condiments and sauces turned diners into chefs, each trying various combinations of fillings and spreads based on beans, yogurt, tahini, garlic, olive oil, herbs. Fresh and pickled vegetables made every meal healthy: onions, olives, cucumber, peppers, grape leaves.


warahinab (dolmas)

5-STAR MIDEAST FEAST – The rash of flashbacks from 46 years ago was prompted by a celebration: the opening of Huma, a Mediterranean restaurant that transports the diner to faraway places with strange sounding names, inside marble palaces lit by magical colored lamps.


Belly dancers whirled between tables, dancing to the rhythm of drums

Beautiful belly dancers wearing bejeweled veils whirled between tables, enticing diners to stand and gyrate to the rhythm of drums and dessert music. All this time, plates of exotic food continued to arrive: hummus, moutabal, batata harra, warahinab. My favorite baked eggplant with chickpeas, moussakkah, was finished in a flash.


Trio of dips

SHADES OF JERASH – A Palestinian dish, musakhan chicken, took me back to a small family eatery on a hill overlooking the magnificent ruins of the ancient ruins of Jerash 46-km. north of the capital city of Amman.


Lebanese pizza

The brilliant hues of Roman structures, which date to the Roman age, were shining under the dessert sun, their patterns broken only by lengthening shadows of tall columns built in 63 B.C. yet still standing proudly.


sesame-covered meatballs

Our noonday meal was musakhan chicken, bathed in olive oil, onions, and sumac. With it, we had flat bread and two kinds of biryani, just like we had at Huma 36 years later.


lamb-filled pies

Huma Mediterranean Cuisine is at Level 2 of S Maison, Marina Way, SM Mall of Asia Complex. 02 772 4573


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Huma Mediterranean Cuisine


 

With floor to ceiling windows, diners are treated to a panoramic view of the bay. Perfect for romantic moments or picture perfect celebrations.

For information on the menu, please visit our zomato site at https://www.zomato.com/humacuisine/menu or call 7724573 for reservations! #dineathuma — at Huma Mediterranean Cuisine.

READ MORE...

This Christmas season bond with family and friends and share hearty conversations while savoring delicious dishes in #HumaCuisineConrad. Thank you Metro Home & Entertaining for the wonderful feature! Cheers!

Arabian lanterns and middle-eastern décor makes for such wonderful eye candy. Immerse yourself in a relaxing atmosphere when you visit #HumaCuisineConrad

Thank you, everyone for coming to our grand opening last November 16! You may view the photos here: http://bit.ly/HMCGrandOpening


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