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Friday, October 23, 2009


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Mary Ann Joulwan

I can almost taste and smell the Lebanese street bread, kaak, as described in the lively and informed running commentary. The interior shots of the Kaak bakeries
are smartly photographed and give insight
into the baking process. The Kaak looks glorious all spread out in their various shapes and sizes. The outdoor photos are charming.


Thanks Mary Ann!
You are too sweet.
We missed you in Beirut and Lebanon in general.
How wonderful it will be to travel with you there one day, very soon.
Kaak is great. So light and airy. And stuffed, it is even more exciting!
Now I know why you are so proud to be Lebanese.... it is a great country, with wonderful people and exciting food.


Hello Suvir,
I just found out about this posting from a friend blogger,
Who sent me a note with a link to your post.
Thank you so much for the story and the photos, and thank you for bringing sweet memories to me and to every one who visited the bakery and ate their famous Kaak...
We used to stop by the bakery at least twice a week to get a nice treat... It's from the same bakery I got my instructions to prepare the dough, as you mentioned the secret for great kaak is in resting the dough, and giving it enough time to double and triple.

Also I want to thank you very much for recommending my recipe... I hope you will try it one day to judge if it’s as good as the bakery.


Looking again at the photos, I see that you have the Star Kaak which is stuffed with dates...
Maybe I should do a posting about the Nijmeh bread too.

Joseph Schamet

I haven't had Phoenician KAAK it's been over 35years now. wish someone would send me one and I will pay for it. I know the actual original ones used to be made and still with the water used to soak garbanzo beans. I know that for fact. used to buy it from Riad El Soleh. It would be my Christmas to find a company that can actually ships them to me. any one knows

Suvir Saran

Joseph, how I wish too, that we could get Kaak here.
Lets hope someone is reading this and could encourage some baker to make them and ship them here.

It would be your Christmas and my Diwali if that could happen.

Thanks for sharing the detail about the garbanzo bean water. I had no clue about that.


guys kaak is great!!! am happy i clawed my way to this beautiful article, i am starting kaak bakery in the gulf region, am taking the kaake on board with a professional baker and a team and the lebanese kaake is on journey...
i want people to enjoy, feel taste and fall in love with my kaak... i need ur help please if you may, I can't find the name for my new bakery the word kaake in esssense resembles to common public food for the poor and delight for the chic as Suvir beautifully illustrates in the intro that couldnt have described the kaake any better. i need help as to what should i call my place i want to maintain authenticity yet give it a modern branding and theme. Appreciate any help given and if any copyrighters are of acquiantance am willing to pay for such a service. we all share some crazy kaak passion here for some reason... awaiting your replyh.until then keep kaaking...

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