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The white cheese, is referred to as "Jibneh Baidah" in the palestinain/jordanian region. The white cheese is usually home made as with the olives set on the the table for breakfast for in the middle east, most people take pride in making homemade cheese, olives and pickles. It usually a salty cheese very similiar to the white spanish cheese. The middle eastern stores in the states that sell commercially made white cheese will usually have the packages reading...Spanish Cheese. Jibneh Baidah can refer to just about any white cheese. Another type of white cheese enjoyed in this region is laughing cow cheese.
My in-laws also live in Jordan. When I have visited, we have had similar breakfasts. I believe the cheese you are referring to is "Haloumi" cheese. But, yes, they simply call it white cheese. It's so delicious! It's one of my favorite things. I've never had anything like it before. It's preserved with salt. So, it must be soaked in water prior to cooking it to release some of the salt. (It's still salty, but deliciously so.)
I was introduced to this divine breakfast in 1971 in Nazareth. What a wonderful start to the day. When I lived in Egypt the white cheese, or 'gibna baydah' in Arabic, was feta made from goat's milk. Egyptians told me that the best labneh is made from water buffalo milk.
Fried Nabulsi cheese is the ULTIMATE middle eastern soul food!<br/>instead of the scrambled eggs, I served Shakshouka. :)<br/>This was beautifully authentic!
Have definitely had all of this at various breakfasts. I didn't have all of this on hand, but this post was a great guideline to help remember what to prepare. Very authentic!
Authentic Arabic breakfast.
We have this breakfast all the time :) We use Haloumi cheese, you can get it from most Middle East grocery stores. I also make hummos for the side or Menakeesh.
We eat this breakfast most weekends. We also add butter and honey...my kids favorite. We use a cheese called spanish cheese we get from arabic grocery stores, but I don't fry it. I have seen "frying cheese" but everytime I try to fry it, it melts :( In anycase this is a great breakfast and there is somthing for every taste!