Grilled delights from the herby kitchens of Arabia
Meals in Middle Eastern restaurants in Seoul are affordable and nutritious.
Falafel: An icon of Arab cuisine, falafel is deep-fried balls made of minced chickpeas and herbs topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. It tastes savory and has a soft texture. Another way of eating falafel is to wrap the balls in pita bread with vegetables, salad and a sauce. 5,000 won ($3.33) to 8,000 won.
Hummus: Pureed chickpeas mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The texture of the peas balances out the sour lemon. Dip your pita bread in the hummus. 5,000 won
Baba ghanoush: A dip made of pureed eggplant grilled without its skin, garlic and olive oil. Eat it with pita bread. 5,000 won.
Tabbouleh: An Arabian salad made of diced parsley, tomatoes and onions with a squirt of lemon juice. 5,000 won.
Couscous: Soft wheat flour finely ground up that goes well with kebabs. 14,000 won to 20,000 won
Kebab: Grilled lamb or chicken that has been marinated and is eaten with vegetables and rice. 10,000 won to 17,000 won
Kofta: Grilled lamb with parsley and coriander eaten with tomatoes. 12,000 won
Kapsa: Arabian fried rice mixed with chicken or lamb with herbs. 9,000 won
Tea, Coffee: Arabs finish their meals with black or herb teas (2,000 won to 3, 000 won). Turkish coffee (4,000 won) is super strong.
Most of the restaurants in the Muslim neighborhood of Itaewon-dong, Seoul, are within just a few minutes’ walk of Itaewon Station on line No. 6.