I miss the food in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)! I was craving for a piping hot tamis (unleavened bread) dipped in ghalaba mushakel (mashed assorted beans topped with chopped tomato & onion, grated hardboiled egg & feta cheese) for breakfast.

If you are an adventurous foodie like me, Riyadh has a lot to offer. There are many awesome local delicacies to try. It is a must that you visit hole in the wall food stops in the city and go where the locals go.


The Arabian people have consumed the same type of food for thousands of years. Some of the common food items in Saudi Arabian cuisine include wheat, rice, lamb, chicken, yogurt, potatoes and dates. In photo, hubad or naked shawarma (top left), ghalaba mushakel (left), loads of shawarma (top right) & kabsa (lower right). Photo credits to the owner.

The Arabic menu has a distinct appeal to indulge people’s taste buds.

Arabic cuisine is influenced by diversified food from India, Mediterranean and Middle East countries. Kabsa and Shawarma are the two most popular and affordable Arabic foods that will surely pacify the hunger of people from all walks of life.

Here are some of the famous Arabic cuisine that I miss so dearly:

If you are a “rice eater” just like most Pinoys (Filipinos), then you should not miss eating Kabsa. It is a traditional Arabian dish made with rice, chicken and mixture of spices like pepper, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, lime, bay leaves and nutmeg that give it a unique delightful taste. This national dish is served in a big portion that 2-3 persons can share. To make eating kabsa more pleasurable, it is commonly eaten with the hands and prepared directly on a table covered with disposable food plastic instead of a plate.

I personally consider shawarma as an instant healthy meal. The grilled strips of seasoned meat commonly served as a wrap in Middle Eastern flat bread is very convenient to eat everywhere. Accompanied with other fillings like tomato, cucumber, onion, lettuce, French fries and garlic mayonnaise dressing, this may be considered a complete meal.

These are just a few that triggers my hunger pangs today. Who knows maybe tomorrow, I’ll add more!

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