Kibbeh to many is known to be the signature of the Middle Eastern cuisine and the Mediterranean cuisine, which makes it more popular throughout the region. It is what people in Aleppo crave on a cool winter evening. As they take the first hot, mouth-watering bite, the trapped steam rushes out into the air. That made you hungry, didn't it?
Kibbeh is made from finely ground meat, cracked wheat (bulgur), onions and spices. The crust of kibbeh is made from both cracked wheat and ground meat and it is a tiring process of grinding and mixing. The common way it was done was through the tool that you see below in the picture. As we discussed in earlier posts, there over 15 different types of kibbeh in Aleppo, Syria and here at Aleppo's Kitchen in Anaheim we serve 9 different types and we are hoping to expand further in the near future.
Speaking about expanding our kibbeh collection, we are hoping to provide vegetarian and vegan options for our customers who cannot eat meat or animal products. Also, we currently serve all of our food, including the meat in the kibbeh as Halal certified. All of this is because we feel that this Mediterranean homemade delicacy should be available to all who want to try it.