Alice, my seventeen-year old daughter, loves to eat with her fingers. When this cheese is brought home, she loves to pull out each string one by one and eat it at her leisure.
I was watching her do just that yesterday, and she said: ” Mom, why don’t you post on this cheese? This is the real string cheese, not the little sticks you used to get in the individual packages”.
Done. This cheese is called majdoul in Lebanese, which means braided. The braids are hand formed. The taste of this cheese is mild, similar to a mozzarella. It is often available flavored with nigella seedsor caraway seeds or some other flavoring.
In Lebanon, it is amongst the three or four most popular cheeses. The other being halloumi, feta, labneh and kashkawan. In the US, it is made in California and sold in all Arabic groceries.
This cheese will disintegrate very well if soaked in water for a long time, which makes it ideal for recipes requiring a melting cheese, like a beoreg or turnover or bread. Just pull the strings out and soak it in fresh water, changing the water every so often, which will desalt it and soften it.
Or, you can spend several hours unraveling the strings. What a great activity this would be for some kids bored with their toys!
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