An initiative by Zaatar w Zeit and NoGarlicNoOnions, the world has a reason to celebrate on November 2nd Lebanon's most delicious and world famous breakfast: "The Manouche". Mankousheh, Manouche, Manoushe, Mankouche or probably a dozen other ways to write it, the flat-bread covered with Zaatar remains a local favorite treat. Claiming it and making sure the world knows it's Lebanese, we celebrated it and will do every year on November 2nd.
Proudly Lebanese, proudly Manouche
Manakish, also manaqish, manaeesh or manakeesh or in singular form man'ousheh (Arabic: مناقيش manāqīsh; sometimes called معجنات mu‘ajjanāt 'pastry') is a popular Levantine food consisting of dough topped with thyme, cheese, or ground meat. Similar to a pizza, it can be sliced or folded, and it can be served either for breakfast or lunch. The word manaqish is the plural of the Arabic word manqūshah (from the root verb naqasha 'to sculpt, carve out'), meaning that after the dough has been rolled flat, it is pressed by the fingertips to create little dips for the topping to lie in. Traditionally, women would bake the dough in a communal oven in the morning, to provide their family with their daily bread needs, and would prepare smaller portions of dough with different toppings for breakfast at this time. Manakish is popular in most Levant countries, especially Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan, as well as in many cities throughout the world where people of Levant origin have settled.