All of us have food items that we crave; tastes that people much time for very well after we are not going. My craving is actually knafeh, a cute, cheese filled pasty that I initially found years back, served toasty and fresh on a round metal platter in a little Druze village restaurant in the Golan Heights.
Since that time, I’ve made family trips in search of an encore, habitually plowing through Middle Eastern eateries and food stands for a sample of the gentle, warm, cheesy treat as delicious as my very first. Alas, I’ve failed numerous times over.
And then I noticed that the West Bank city of Nablus had been given the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest knafeh (Oh, to have been there that day!). Upon even further investigation, I discovered additionally that Nablus is actually regarded the epicenter of knafeh culture, purportedly making the world’s best. So I put intending to recognize the goal of mine of locating the supreme dessert.
I traveled aproximatelly forty miles north from Jerusalem from the rocky hills of the northern West Bank to show up at this old city, recognized in the Bible as Shechem. Nablus counts the metropolitan population of its at more than 300,000, like residents of neighboring villages and refugee camps.
I weaved throughout the streets jammed with private automobiles, taxis, and individuals and also made the way of mine to the quieter yet just-as-crowded labyrinth of its oldest section.
Here, in the Old City’s souk, after passing through block after shop filled street, I came across a location peppered with knafeh bakeries. This’s exactly where residents of Nablus gathered in the summer of 2009 in the hopes of establishing the Guinness World Record of theirs. Achievement came in the type of a knafeh weighing almost one and a half tons and measuring 246 foot long by 6.5 foot wide.
An incredibly popular Arab treat, knafeh is generally made in bulk in this particular city. Bakers toss platter after platter of them into ovens: The yellow flaky dough is actually combined with syrup, smooth cheese, and orange blossom water, with slim strands of white dough woven across the top which turns dark gold as they heat. Next they are sliced up while still attractive and offered for only 5 shekels to individuals eager for the everyday fix of theirs.
I might have skipped the world’s biggest knafeh, but standing on the block holding a silver plated spoon and a gooey sweet, I learned that Nablus deserved its status as the very best knafeh serving city around. Fufilling a craving ought to always be this cute.