Why settle for a souvenir when you can learn the tricks of the trade? We begin at the Old City Open Air Market (souq) amidst the spice sacks and fresh fruit stalls, learning about the diverse ingredients critical to Palestinian cooking. After enjoying the sights, sounds, scents (and flavors!) of the souq, we return to our home kitchen (a charming 10-15 minute walk through the Old City’s cobblestone streets) and prepare an unforgettable Palestinian meal.

Shop & Cook

Qandeel Culinary experience arose from a deep desire for visitors to know the human side of Palestine. Aside from the ancient stones of its holy sites, and the churches erected in honor of the divine, Bethlehem also preserves an incredible spirit of fellowship that is best experienced around the sufra—the home-cooked meal prepared with love for family and friends. Qandeel made it their vocation to welcome travelers into their home, and to offer them an experience unlike any other—the opportunity to learn about the scents, textures, and flavors of Palestine in the best way possible…by doing!

Immerse yourself in Bethlehem as a living city by taking a culinary journey that includes shopping in a hundreds-year-old souq, learning about local ingredients and spices, collectively preparing a traditional dish, and most importantly, sharing a meal as a community. The goal is for each of the visitors to walk away having lingered in the true heart of Palestine…its people and cuisine.

Some of the meals available:

  • Maqloubeh
  • Mansaf
  • Wara Enab (vine leaves)
  • Musakhan

Duration: 4 HOURS
Minimum Participants:
3
Starting time: Flexible
Starting point: Manger Square/Star Street

 

Please inform us in advance of any allergies or dietary preferences 

Additional information

Minimum Participants3
DestinationsBethlehem
ActivityCooking, Learning, Tasting, Walking Tours
Tour TypeCity Tours, Culinary Tours, Educational Tours

Makloubeh

Which means upside down. It’s an authentic dish that is made from rice, cauliflower, chicken. And it’s named MAKLOUBEH because the cooking pot is flipped upside down before serving the meal.

Mansaf

Mansaf is a dish of rice, lamb, and a dry yoghurt made into a sauce called jameed. It’s not only one of the the most beloved Jordanian foods, but it’s also considered the national dish of Jordan.

Warak Enab

Stuffed grape leaves are a very popular dish all around the world. Just off the top of my head, I can think of a Greek version, a Turkish version, Russian one and many middle-eastern versions as well. I grew up eating Lebanese stuffed grape leaves quite often, especially the meat version which is the one I am making today. There is a delicious vegan version that I will save for another day.

Musakhan

Sumac chicken caramelized onion flatbread (Musakhan) is a slightly adapted version of the popular Mediterranean recipe made with roasted chicken thighs, full of flavorful spices and healthy. Makes a great homemade appetizer or pizza style!

 

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