Monday, June 28, 2010

Kunafa: A Delectable Arabic Dessert

Just close by Mansour Hostel where I stay, I saw a stall which sells food and many men were queuing up to buy. I was intrigued so I went to check. I saw some pastries freshly baked in round pans. They look so yummy that I wanted to buy but could not penetrate because of the long line.

On my last day in Amman, after taking dinner with a group of Japanese backpackers, I asked my newfound friend Taesin Kim to join me try the pastry sold at the stall.

We met some Jordanians and asked the name of that bestselling pastry that everyone queues for. They told us its kunafa. Not sure of the spelling because some spells it kanafa or konafa.

Kunafa is a middle-eastern dessert consisting of a base layer made of cheese mixed with milk/semolina (or cream) with shredded wheat. It has slight orange-ish color and its often topped with syrup. There are some varieties of this such as that with noodles.

We ordered two slices of kunafa and after waiting on the line we have finally tasted a delicious pastry. It was so good.