Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant Arab Street Singapore
One of my favorite cuisines is Arabic – Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant in Singapore is my go-to for a delicious and satisfying meal.
I love Arab Street.
It reminds me of the sights and smells of the Spice Market in Istanbul which I adore.
I discovered an environment filled with new sounds and unique smells – and the taste of wonderful food I never knew existed.
What is Lebanese cuisine?
In case you are wondering – since the restaurants are located on Arab Street; then it is Arabic cuisine.
My Turkish friend explained that to me.
Arabic is a language spoken by all the Arabs from Morocco to the Gulf with different dialects.
For obvious religious reasons, you will not find any pork in both Turkish and Lebanese cuisines.
Both countries have Muslim majority and pork is haram in Islam.
Lebanese cuisine is the most famous to represent the Levant region.
Food connoisseurs can even easily identify minor differences between the tastes.
I’m not at that level.
There are more similarities than differences between both Turkish and Lebanese cuisines.
The dominant taste is of the prominence of spices and herbs used.
The difference in the spices are
• Turks tend to move toward al spices and bay leaves.
• Lebanese food possesses thyme and cardamom.
After my Turkey trip, I start to crave the taste of spice. I discovered Lebanese cuisine in Kuala Lumpur.
Later at Middle Eastern Restaurants in Penang and in my travels with the team for our halal food hunts – starting in Singapore, then to Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and the U.S.A.
Where is Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant?
In Singapore, Tabbouleh is a clear favorite.
The food prep is good, the presentation is nice and above all the food is very tasty – a nice restaurant where you can fully immerse yourself in the Middle-Eastern culture.
I enjoy eating here, just a stone’s throw from Sultan Mosque also known as Masjid Sultan.
The beautiful mosque is located at Muscat Street and North Bridge Road within the Kampong Glam precinct in Singapore.
Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant serves delicious and freshly prepared traditional Lebanese Cuisine in the Heart of Arab and Bussorah Street.
Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant, Arab Street
You may have noticed the rise in popularity of Lebanese Cuisine in Asia.
Foodies are not only going in for the magical mouthfeel of robust flavors of spices.
For me, Lebanese Cuisine is one of the healthiest ways to eat fresh meats, seafood, salads, and hummus!
Naturally, the healthier choice creates a demand for Lebanese cuisine to increase.
Let’s start with Meze
In Turkish, Greek, and Middle Eastern cooking, a selection of hot and cold dishes, typically served as an hors d’oeuvre is called Meze.
Hummus is a delicious savory dip or spread, made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic.
I have tried Hummus at just about any place I can find.
I bought some from a Lebanese grocery store in Houston and that was the smoothest and creamiest Hummus I ever tasted.
No doubt Hummus is delicious and so simple. Hummus contains chickpeas, garlic, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice.
If you find Hummus too mainstream for your palate, then you should try Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant’s Hummus Lahmeh.
Topped with minced lamb, pine nuts, olive oil and covered with generous low-fat Greek yogurt – Hummus Lahmeh is both a savory and healthy dish that everyone enjoys.
I would recommend for you try the Mezza Platter to sample the full taste of Middle-eastern Cuisine all in a platter.
The mezze platter is one of the more malleable snack trays, and a popular way to start a meal in a group setting.
Grilled Halloumi Cheese
Grilled Halloumi Cheese is the perfect Meze. A browned Cheese with the crusty exterior with a soft, gooey interior and an intensely savory flavor is truly magical – the cheese that retains its shape when grilled.
The taste is A bit salty, but I like that very much.
Warak Enab (Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Linda introduced me to Warak Enab a very healthy and delicious Mediterranean dish that can be eaten as main or a snack.
Warak Enab is a Lebanese dish of spiced ground beef and rice mixture rolled in grape leaves and simmered in a Lemony broth.
A traditional recipe that is truly a labor of love.
It takes up to 45 minutes just to roll one jar of grape leaves with the uncooked rice and beef filling!
Each grape leaf has to be prepped and you use a teaspoon of filling to spread out into a thin line over the middle of the leaf before rolling!
I learned to appreciate Warak Enab so much after learning about the preparation process.
I would pack home even a single Warak Enab if I can’t finish it at the restaurant to eat it later at home!
Lebanese Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Mint
This simple refreshing salad pairs wonderfully with any kind of grilled meat or fish.
Lebanese Laban Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
I much prefer this fresh, crunchy creamy Lebanese Laban salad with Greek yogurt sauce as the perfect complement with grilled meats.
As a side salad with a variety of Lebanese specialties such as Warak Enab, Tabbouleh, or M’Juddarah.
Tabbouleh is a Levantine vegetarian salad made mostly of finely chopped parsley, with tomatoes, mint, onion, bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and sweet pepper.
Some variations add lettuce or use semolina instead of bulgur. Tabbouleh is traditionally served as part of a mezze.
The Lebanese Chicken Mandi is a delicious combination of rice, chicken, and a mixture of spices.
The Chicken Mandi is served over a layer of basmati rice.
Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant makes a tender, juicy, and succulent charcoal-grilled Chicken Mandi.
These chicken kebabs marinated in a tangy blend of yogurt, lemon, garlic, and spices are a huge crowd-pleaser.
These Lamb Kebabs are a popular item at Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant.
Stripes of thick and juicy succulent lamb with marinated heady flavors and grilled bits make this an extraordinary delicious treat – serve with pita bread and tzatziki sauce.
Braised Lamb Shanks
Braised Lamb Shanks slow-cooked in a fantastic sauce with spices, saffron, lemon juice, and herbs makes a spectacular feast.
The succulent Braised Lamb Shanks in an amazingly delicious dish and excellent – why?
The meat falls off the bone easily, there is no gamey taste and the lamb is flavourful from the marination of spices that it tastes delicious even without gravy.
You Have to Order Desserts at Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant
Kunafeh is an addictive and dangerous piece of dessert – as exotic as it is delicious!
The magical Kunafeh is a Turkish dessert with a so-sweet mix of vermicelli, ricotta cheese, and nuts.
Many love this as a rich treat to gorge on after a light lunch or dinner.
The pastry chef at Tabbouleh makes it with so much different texture. I adore the layers of sweet crispy spun shredded wheat wiry “noodles”, meltingly soft cream cheese and, topped with pistachios bits.
This is not the first time I savored Kunafeh, but I will say that this is one of the most delicious desserts if you love biting into textures.
A sweet dessert, this dessert recipe is traditionally cooked by using noodles made with semolina flour – oozing with cheese; perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
It is just too sweet for me at the most times I will just taste a spoonful before I send the desserts to my friends to finish off.
Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant Review
Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant in Arab Street is a café-style establishment that promises healthy and fresh dishes much like its namesake salad, the Tabbouleh.
The food is less traditional but a lot more versatile. Overall, it is good for all kinds of palettes.
The MUST TRIES is their specialty, Lamb Mandi (lamb cooked in a tandoor oven), or their Mixed Grill Seafood accompanied by a cup or two of soothing Ayran (a salted yogurt drink).
My friend Ais Sarah loves the Wara’Inab – fresh vine leaves stuffed with parsley onion, tomato, rice, Middle Eastern herbs, and fresh lemon.
Catch a whiff of the grilled meats and spices at Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant and you will be ready to eat.
Head down to Tabbouleh for some authentic and exquisite Middle-eastern cuisine whenever you’re in Arab Street – you will love the shopping there too!
Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant
CUISINE: Lebanese, Middle Eastern,
41 Arab Street, 199740
Telephone: +65 62925235
Business Hours: Daily11:00 – 23:00
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