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Robert Fisk - Arabic hospitality


Robert Fisk is a multiple award-winning journalist on the Middle East, based in Beirut.



The Al-Sultan Brahim in Beirut, Lebanon, is one of the region's elite restaurants.


Trevor travels to Lebanon where the hummus war began. He can travel there. But Israeli-hummus lovers can't. Technically the two countries are still at war, so hummus trade and tasting is just a dream.


Trevor has been summoned to a gastronomic landmark in the capital, Beirut - The Sultan Ibrahim Restaurant. Their specialty is seafood but they also have a fantastic range of delicious hummus dishes. Tourism Minister, Fadi Abboud, wants him to sample the complete arsenal of Lebanese hummus.




Soucci Beirut has been a popular hummus restaurant for many decades.


Soucci is a hummus institution in downtown Beirut. The hummus here is in my top 10 - for its taste and its texture. It's a humble place and all kinds eat here: from Prime Ministers to opera singers, soldiers, taxi drivers and office workers. And to prove his claim that hummus is a Lebanese creation, Raji Kebbe shows me family photographs dating back to the 19th century.





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