Syrians food is either very sweet or very sour. Basic foods include lamb, chicken, chickpeas, eggplant, olives, yogurt, rice, and burghul
(cracked wheat). Stuffed grape leaves are a common dish. Other common dishes include hummus
(a ground chickpea paste) falafel
(fried ground chickpeas) and shish kebab
(lamb chunks on skewers). Most food is eaten by hand or scooped up with flatbread. Many meals usually last two or three hours.