Lebanon’s Street Food Market

by | Levantine Arabic Diaries

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Mariette and her friends explore foods of the world at Lebanon’s traveling street food festival.

سوق الاكل، مثله مثل غير افنتس بلبنان، فستيفال بيتنقل من منطقة لمنطقة كل جمعة مرة خلال السنة كلها. هل صيفية، قررنا أنا و أصحابي نروح على سوق الاكل يلي كان بشكا لأنو كان أول سوق أكل على البحر. فكرة سوق الاكل هي جمع أكل غريبة من جميع أنحاء العالم. أول ماوصلنا، لاحظنا اديش حلوين الكيوسكات الملونين بس كان في كتير عجقة فما كان فينا نقرأ شو في بكل ستاند إلا إذا كتير قربنا. من بعد ما عملنا برمتين أو ثلاثة، قررت دوق شيكاغو بيزا باي، رفيقتي قررت تاكل ميكسكن، و رفيقي قرر يطلب كريب كيك. كل شي كان كتير طيب بس كتير غالي فماقدرنا نطلب أكتر فقررنا نروح نسبح. ما كان في حداً بالماي بس وأتى نزلنا، تحمسوا الناس يلحقونا. بخلال عشر دقايق، كل الناس صاروا عم يسبحوا. وقت سقعت الماي ضهرنا و لبسنا و قررنا نروح على بيت. حتى لليوم، بعده سوق الاكل عم يتنقل و فيو حيالله حداً يروح و يدوق أكلات جديده، أو بس يستمتع بوقته.

Souk El-Akel (The Street Food Market) is an event like any other in Lebanon, that moves from one region to another every week throughout the entire year. This summer, my friends and I decided to go to the Souk ElAkel that was taking place in Chekka since it was the first time the festival was taking place on the beach. The idea of Souk El-Akel is to group a variety of bizarre foods from different places in the world. When we first arrived, we noticed how beautiful the colorful kiosks looked, but it was too crowded for us to be able to read what type of foods each stand had without getting closer. After two or three turns, I decided to try out the Chicago pizza pie; my friend decided to eat some Mexican, while my other friend decided to order a crepe cake. Everything was amazing and really tasty, but it was really expensive, so we couldn’t order more, which lead us to decide to go for a swim. No one was in the water but when we went down, a lot of people started following us in. In around ten minutes, almost every person in the festival was swimming. When the water started getting cold, we left the beach, put our clothes on, and decided to head back home. Even today, Souk El-Akel is still relocating every week and anyone can visit it and try out new foods, or to just enjoy his or her time.