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  • 06 Oct - 12 Oct, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

Kunafa is a traditional Arab dessert made with thin noodle-like pastry, or alternatively fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with cheese, or with other ingredients such as clotted cream or nuts. It is popular in the Arab world, particularly the Levant and Egypt, and especially in Palestine. In addition, variants are found in Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans, as well as in the Caucasus. One of the most well-known preparations of the dish originated in the Palestinian city of Nablus and is the most representative and iconic Palestinian dessert. It uses a white-brine cheese called Nabulsi. It is prepared in a large round shallow dish; the pastry is coloured with orange food colouring, and sometimes topped with crushed pistachio nuts A common story is that the dish was created, and prescribed by doctors, to satisfy the hunger of caliphs during Ramadan. The story is variously said to have happened in Egypt or Syria. The world's largest plate of the dessert was made in Antakya, Turkey, in 2017. The tray measured 78 meters long, and weighed 1550 kilograms.