3 Classic Middle Eastern Desserts to Try in Philly
Keep an eye out for these popular sugary confections.
Basbousa, also known as namoura, is a sticky-sweet semolina cake — sometimes mixed with coconut for added depth, sometimes made creamy with yogurt — baked to a crisp and then drenched in sugar syrup to give it its custardy texture.
Halvah is to the streets of the Middle East as taffy is to the Jersey Shore — it’s quite literally everywhere. Each maker has its own flavor twist for this confection of tehina and sugar blended with herbs and spices.
Like basbousa (and so many other Middle Eastern desserts), kanafeh is soaked in sugar syrup. But kanafeh is also stuffed with — no joke — salty, stretchy, melty cheese (or sometimes cream or pudding). You know, salty and sweet.
Published as “Sweet Talk” in the May 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.