Influenced by various regions throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean, Israeli food is lauded for its simple use of fresh ingredients — including vegetables, fish, lamb, chickpeas, and olives — to create various flavorful, healthy dishes. With so many options available, those new to the cuisine might not know where to start.
3 Popular Types of Israeli Food You Should Try
One of the more popular types of Israeli food, commonly found packaged in grocery stores throughout the United States, is hummus. It’s a buttery spread made of ground chickpeas, olive oil, sesame seeds, lemon juice, and garlic. The dish is typically served with warm pita bread, although it also pairs well with raw vegetables for a light snack. Because of the subtle taste, the dish is often garnished with additional items to elevate its flavor profile, including paprika, tahini, minced lamb, chopped olives, onions, or parsley.
A popular street food throughout the Middle East as well as many larger cities in the United States, falafel is a deep-fried fritter made with mashed chickpeas or fava beans. Parsley, scallions, garlic, cumin, and coriander are often added to the patties to give falafel its distinct yet subtle spicy flavor. Although falafel can serve as a standalone snack, it is often stuffed into pita bread with hummus, pickled turnips, pickles, and Israeli salad to create a hearty sandwich.
Noted for its green appearance, tabbouleh is a popular salad served cold and made with simple ingredients, including chopped parsley, bulgur, mint, tomatoes, onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. The dish can serve as a healthy standalone meal but is often served as a side dish to heartier fare.
If you want to try authentic Israeli food in New York City’s West Village, stop by Kubeh today. The knowledgeable staff at this healthy restaurant will help navigate the menu to find a dish you’ll truly enjoy. To inquire about the menu, call (646) 448-6688, or visit the eatery online to browse the offerings. Don't forget to follow them on Instagram to see pictures of the cuisine.