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Syrian Food
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Syrian food is mostly typical Middle Eastern; baba ganoush, falafels, hummus, etc. A typical meal includes rice or flat bread, meat, vegetables, beans, sweets, and fruits. Lamb, chicken, and dried beans are also commonly used. The national food is bulgur, though Syria is most famous for its traditional dish: Makkahem, or sheep's feet. Sheep eyes are also a classic delicacy.

Breakfast is often served as early as 6:00, a fairly light meal. Lunch is the main meal, served a 2:00 with many courses and followed by a rest before starting work again. Dinner is usually light, and served late. Very strong, sweet Turkish coffee comes after every meal.

Syrians always eat with their right hand, sometimes using flat bread instead of silverware. The bread is used as a utensil, a napkin, and a side dish. In fact, it is considered shameful to throw away any but the smallest pieces of bread.

There is an Arab saying: "The quantity eaten by a guest indicates his or her affection for the host". It is not unusual for a host to insist that a guest keep eating until everything on the table is gone.

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