Wait, What? This Giant Couscous Dish Made In Libya Weighs 5,500 Pounds
Thanks to the rapid pace of technological advancement and globalization, we now have access to the most popular dishes from around the world. Italian dishes such as pasta and even Japanese sushi are now common to our palates and dining experiences. Couscous, also a popular ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, consists primarily of steamed semolina or wheat balls. It is lightly cooked and paired with vegetables, meat and spices to create a healthy yet filling meal. Recently, Libya celebrated its national dish by making a giant couscous dish. Take a look:
Libyans from across the country gather around a giant couscous dish to celebrate the national staple at the Couscous Day festival in the city of Sabratha. pic.twitter.com/0391gV3kIn— Reuters (@Reuters) March 14, 2023
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This incident happened on Friday, March 10, in the Libyan city of Sabratha. People from across the country flock to the city to celebrate the humble dish at the ‘Couscous Day’ festival. Organizers prepared a colossal dish of couscous weighing approximately 5,500 pounds or 2,495 kilograms. “Where I come from, couscous is very popular. It’s cooked with onions and cloves and you can smell it from afar”. Libyan festival Attendees Ahmed Fakhri Al-Aradaei to Reuters. “We are very happy with this celebration and this festival,” he added.
The giant couscous was part of the third Couscous Day celebrations, an annual event celebrating the staple Libyan dish. After the ceremony was over, it was distributed among hundreds of attendees. “The couscous with the onions, the meat and the greens is the best. I hope they make it every year,” said one resident, Khalid Zarti. Reuters. Organizers and sponsors of the Couscous Day event said they even managed to break the world record for the largest dish, according to the Libyan Herald.
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