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LONDON: Take a Middle Eastern staple, add Italian ingredients, give it a candle name, charge it extra and what do you get? Answer: a recipe for disaster.

That’s exactly what happened with “Loubyeh Arrabbiata”, a failed version of the Levantine classic that drew a spicy reaction on social media.

The dish, which is simply fine green beans, tomato sauce, homemade spicy chili oil and parmesan cheese, received a lot of unwanted attention after Beirut-based author Lina Mounzer shared a post on Twitter criticizing him.

Mounzer, who posted a screenshot of the menu online without revealing the restaurant’s name, accused the restaurant of being “bold” to “take advantage, take advantage of this situation” by charging $10 for a dish considered a poor. clip.

“A dish of loubyeh bil zeit (regardless of the disguise of the candle name) costs more than $10. In what world before the collapse was loubyeh bil zeit, the food you ate to save money,- Is it that expensive? We have to swallow the banks that rob us and also everyone’s war profiteers?,” she said on her Twitter account.

While some users pointed out their confusion over the inclusion of parmesan in the dish, others shared the reviewer’s anger, with some saying that $10 for the dish is hard to justify even with “extra parmesan.”

“Then: Foul aglio e olio for 600,000,” said one user.

Another Twitter user asked, “Can this stop? Can we stop all this nonsense and nonsense? »

Loubyeh bi zeit is one of the most popular vegetarian summer dishes in the Levant region.

Although its exact origins are unknown, the dish is widely considered a humble dish for the simplicity of its ingredients and is often found on every dinner table.

This is not the first time that Arabs have been irritated by a twist on a classic recipe.

In July, a “party platter” fattoush recipe published by The Washington Post was described as a “travesty” by Arabs online.

The recipe received similar treatment to “Loubyeh arrabbiata”, with many Arab Twitter users criticizing the dish and writer Farah-Silvana Kanaan accusing the newspaper of “blasphemy”.

In 2018, the #SaveTheHummus hashtag became the center of an unlikely diplomatic debate after a photo of various flavors of hummus dessert, including a chocolate chip version of the dip, went viral on the internet and people Muslims and Jews were asked to “unite to stand up”. against the dessert hummus.

Food bloggers and food magazines are wise: don’t make fun of Arabs!