Knafeh, a Middle Eastern pastry stuffed with sweet cheese and drenched in sugary syrup, is native to Nablus, Palestine. I haven’t had the pleasure of eating knafeh Nabulsiyeh but I’ve heard it’s the best! The closest I’ve come to amazing knafeh is Habeeba’s knafeh in Amman.
The debate continues over which one is better, خشنة khishneh (coarse) or ناعمة na3meh (fine). My personal favorite is Khishneh. I cannot tell you how excited I was to find out a sweet shop opened up in Northern Virginia offering freshly made knafeh. Jenin Pastry lets you choose between khishneh and na3meh and even delivers for parties!
What goes great with knafeh? A tall glass of cold milk goes perfectly with all that sugary goodness. That may be because I’m Arab-American and appreciate milk with cookies and cakes. Let me tell you, my friends overseas have the hardest time understanding how well milk goes with knafeh. They find it to be the most disturbing combination ever. I’ve gotten into many arguments with one of my best friends about the Milk and Knafeh combo. I tried introducing the idea to my friends in Amman and having them try it, but that didn’t go over too well. To them, it’s knafeh with coffee or tea. Needless to say, the BFF and I decided to agree to disagree.
In any case, whether or not we agree on what drink goes best with knafeh, we can all agree that knafeh is best served with good friends and family.
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