What you'll do
I'll greet you at my door and introduce you to my kitchen. It's a typical Syrian kitchen in Istanbul and will likely mirror your own kitchen back home. I'm from Damascus so the dishes we learn will reflect the Damascene food scene. For cooking classes in the morning, we will learn "Tisiye," a dish made of chickpeas, bread, and seasoning. This dish is widely popular as a Syrian breakfast. For cooking classes in the afternoon, we will learn "Mloukhia," a dish made of rice, chicken, and the popular leaves of the Corchorus olitorius plant. Every Syrian knows and loves this household dish. For cooking classes in the evening, we will learn "Maqlouba," made of rice, eggplant, beef, and nuts, this dish will amaze your friends back home. You will make your own, individual dish. At the end of the class, you can devour your food right away or take it home with you.
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My name is Ahmed and I fled Syria over 5 years ago and made a new home in Istanbul. To keep my homeland alive, I began to practice cooking traditional Syrian dishes and started to teach friends once I became a seasoned expert. I am extremely passionate about food and bringing people together over a delicious spread, and can't wait to meet new people from all over the world who can take these Syrian dishes back to their homeland as well.
All necessary ingredients will be provided to you
All required kitchen equipment will be provided to you
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Where you'll be
You'll join me in my apartment in the Little Syria neighborhood of Istanbul, specifically my kitchen.
Things to keep in mind
If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
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Up to 4 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. It’s up to each guest to understand the ingredients being used and communicate any allergies or dietary restrictions to the host. Guests should also…
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We can accommodate allergies if mentioned at the time of booking. Feel free to text me if you have any questions.
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