Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - Hey everyone, hope you're having an amazing day. It's Mark Wiens. I'm in the north of Lebanon, in a small village that's known for a dish called kibbeh. Now kibbeh is, it's a dish known throughout the Levant, especially in Lebanon and Syria of minced meat and bulgur wheat. And before coming to Lebanon, all I really knew was one type of kibbeh, but in fact there are many different types of kibbeh prepared in many different ways. And so today we have a very special opportunity. Kamel has arranged with one of his friends to prepare for us a full kibbeh spread of dishes, different varieties, types of kibbeh. I'm very excited to see the entire process and I'm gonna show everything with you in this video. (upbeat music) (coffee splashing and dripping) My favorite time in the afternoon. Oh, it's about to spill, is afternoon coffee time, especially when I'm at home editing videos. 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This location, this restaurant, first of all, is just spectacular. These trees, this entire courtyard is just fully shaded by huge trees, huge leafy trees, right next to a rushing river. You hear the sound of the water, you're sitting in the shade, the fresh air. This village specifically is known for kibbeh throughout Lebanon. Many say this is where the best kibbeh comes from. (upbeat music) (speaking foreign language) A beverage that I could continuously drink throughout the entire day, non-stop. At the restaurant though, you typically serve just all types of Lebanese food? All types of mezze? - Yeah. - [Mark] Okay, but specializing in kibbeh? - [Kamel] So we try to crumble it as much as possible. - If there's one thing I have learned so far being in Lebanon is that there's always food before food. - [Fadi] Now I'm smiling. - The mezze is the different dishes, the vegetables. So we're enjoying a little breakfast and coffee before getting into the kibbeh. - Fell in love with the Lebanese breads. - Yeah. - And for a good reason. One for me and one for you. - Okay, so with the crispy Lebanese bread, the shanklish mixed with tomatoes, green onions and olive oil. And you kind of get that, it looks like that crumbly cottage cheese-y texture. Oh. - If I may, just follow it up. - Oh yeah. Follow it. Oh, thank you, Kamel. - And tomato. - Follow it. There's always a chaser in Lebanon as well. And for the shanklish, it should be mint and tomato. - Perfect. - Oh, yeah. Ooh, wow, that mint. Like it's mild but strong at the same time. I'm gonna chase the shanklish with a tomato as well. The juiciest tomatoes. - Look at the hummus, look at the labneh. There's something really really wrong with these two dishes that we need to fix. What is it? - Add an oil. - Aha! There you go. Immediately, no hesitation. You're a local now. - [Mark] Okay. Fadi. - [Fadi] Wow. (speaking foreign language) - Okay, it's time for a hummus. Oh, yeah. Oh, wow. Yeah, that hummus is amazing. You can taste the lemon in it, right? More than others. That hummus is amazing. For me I think it's so good because of the lemon bite in it. You can taste the lemon in it. For the eggs, and we just got a piece of man'oushe which is bread topped in za'atar. More food just always appears when you're in Lebanon. I think I'm gonna put the egg. I'm gonna set the egg right on top of that. Look at that za'atar. The lemony zest, the thyme in there, the sesame seeds. I just have to add some hummus to this. Okay, they're calling me now. It is time. They're calling me now. It's time to start on the kibbeh. (upbeat music) Yes. It's awesome. - Traditional stone mortar for the kibbeh. It's very traditional. So back in the day, whenever someone wanted to marry a girl from town, the challenge to test whether the guy was strong enough was to carry the whole thing with one hand, one arm, just above his head and put it back. (loud pounding) (speaking foreign language) - The bulgur? - Bulgur. - This is something that is not done very often anymore but this is the traditional way to make kibbeh. To pound the meat using a, it's a really huge, like an entire stone mortar and it's like a mallet, a very thick pestle. It's a very very fine mince, this time of beef, and then the other mixture ingredient is cracked bulgur wheat which is also mixed with a variety of I think about seven different spices they said. - She said seven spices and salt. - It's called the all spice mix. - All spice mix.