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Saudi Arabia cuisine

hungry08 Jan 18, 2008 09:46 PM

I actually lived in Saudi Arabia when I was a kid and haven't had it in 20 years. Are there any authentic restaurants in the LA area?
The item I remember the most is a dough that was flatten out like a pizza then minced lamb and herbs or banana and sugar was folded inside then I think baked-I was 5 so I exactly know. What is this called and is this available in the States or is there a recipe?

  1. The Chowhound Team Feb 25, 2010 02:50 PM

    We split a general discussion of cuisine in Saudi Arabia to the General Topics board. Please go here to discuss the broader definition Saudi cuisine


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      Fahadks Feb 24, 2010 06:20 PM

      you are talking about " Mutabbak" :)

      1. The Chowhound Team Apr 22, 2008 12:26 AM

        We've split a recipe that was posted here into its own topic on our Home Cooking board, where such things belong. You can find that topic here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/511719

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          epop Jan 25, 2008 11:18 AM

          i would google saudi recipes and stop there as you're not going to find this cuisine in LA. these other restaurants are levantine (magic carpet= yemeni israeli)--- that's apples and oranges.

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            JBC Jan 25, 2008 05:40 AM

            Never been in that part of the world, but I do like the food from the eastern end of the Mediterreanan. You might like to explore the menu at Sham in Santa Monica. Their #28 Arise snadwich appears to be similar to what you described (there is a picture of it beneath #36 on the #29 platter). There is also a picture of their "Arabian Breakfast" if you scroll down far enough:


            Also, Magic Carpet on Pico has some dishes from various countries from around that area of the world:


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              JBC Feb 25, 2010 11:56 AM

              In case anybody is interested, Sham in Santa Monica is now offering "ARABIAN PIZZA" - hit the special offers button:


            2. Cicely Jan 24, 2008 09:03 PM

              Don't know about Saudi food but you might want to try something that sounds like its cousin: lahmajoun. It's Armenian (tho I think neighboring countries also have a similar thing).

              Partamian Bakery
              5410 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

              Sasoun Bakery
              625 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA

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                ralsarra Jan 18, 2008 10:02 PM

                I really doubt you're going to find an authentic Saudi restaurant anywhere in the States, much less LA. I lived in the Gulf too and I miss the food. Your best bet might be to find a book that's a collection of recipes from Saudi and hope that your pizza thing is in there.

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                  Chandavkl Jan 18, 2008 09:54 PM

                  This is probably the most recent thread.


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