Arab Influence on Colombian Cuisine

 
OBELO | Los Turcos

In the late 19th and early 20th century there was a mass migration from what is now Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Palestine to Latin America. Immigrants were looking to escape repression and hardships of, the then, Turkish Ottoman Empire. Yet ironically, they were called Turks, or Turcos, in their new homes in Latin America.

My family immigrated from Lebanon to Colombia in 1890. Like many others, they brought their culture and cuisine from the Middle East.

Los Turcos is a popular, authentic Lebanese restaurant in Cali. They've been serving up traditional dishes since 1960. Although they relocated from their original location, the vibe hasn't changed a bit.

 Hummus, Babaganoush, Tabouleh and Tzatiki with Pita.

Hummus, Babaganoush, Tabouleh and Tzatiki with Pita.

 Liver with fried onions and potatoes.

Liver with fried onions and potatoes.

 Arab Platter,  Bandeja Árabe , marcona almond rice, fried  kibbe  with onions, tabouleh and warm grape leaves.

Arab Platter, Bandeja Árabe, marcona almond rice, fried kibbe with onions, tabouleh and warm grape leaves.

 
OBELO | Los Turcos
OBELO | Los Turcos