When I was in Israel a few years back I tried this really great street food. I had gotten the recipe, but now have lost it and don't remember what it was called. It is a cross between a pancake and a bread. The one I had had za'atar, thin sliced tomatoes, and red onion fried into one side and was flipped over. Does anyone know what this is called?

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    You wouldn't have a photo of it by any chance? – hippietrail Nov 30 '11 at 22:29
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    Sadly I dont have one – anton2g Nov 30 '11 at 22:47
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    I have also asked exactly this type of question on cooking.SE with some success. So you might try a parallel question there, or we could migrate it for you if you don't get the right answer after say two weeks. – hippietrail Nov 30 '11 at 23:13
  • I asked it on cooking SE too. I am having more luck here, it looks like. – anton2g Dec 1 '11 at 1:03
  • Do you remember the city/street that you've eaten it? – MichaelS Dec 2 '11 at 7:51

I was able to track down the dish. It is called Lahuhe.

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Thank you to everyone for trying to help me out.

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Sounds like a variation on פיתה זעתר "Pita Za'atar". It's just a thick focaccia-style Pita with Za'atar (at a minimum)... the local street vendors add other random pizza-style stuff like tomatoes, onions, etc. almost exactly like traditional Neapolitan Pizza. The source of the word "Pizza" is Pita of course... it's exactly the same concept.

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The recipe is pretty simple:

  • Pita
  • Za'atar
  • Other stuff, to taste

Combine and eat. The end.

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  • looks close, but what I had was cooked like a pancake and the toppings were placed on top before it was flipped and cooked more, so all the stuff was embedded in the food. I don't think it was a pita. – anton2g Dec 1 '11 at 1:02
  • Either way, looks tasty... – Beaker Dec 1 '11 at 7:55
  • I think even that basic recipe should also include olive oil. I don't think I've ever heard of a pita with za'atar without olive oil... might be just me. – Oak Dec 1 '11 at 20:06

My guess it's either Druze Pita (Recipe and photos on YouTube) or Man'oushe (Lebanese pizza)


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  • It wasn't this. This is made by making a dough first. What I am thinking of is cooked from a batter like pancakes. – anton2g Dec 1 '11 at 16:21

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