Uncle Merched Nassar – Hassan El-Bietar
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Here is nice story
about uncle Merched:
He loved to eat and
when it comes to sweet stuff he couldn't control his appetite. Halawet
el-jebneh was his favorite. Mohammed Hitler, a guy from Bazbina, used to
work at Al-Arjah in Tripoli. He told me this story:
Uncle Merched came one
day and ordered plates of halawet el-jebneh. He asked Mohammed Hitler to
be generous at the "atter" (sugar syrup). Well Mohammed Hitler was
curious and asked uncle Merched why two plates. He told him he is
waiting for his son to come. Mohammed Hitler prepared two plates and was
"el-atter" but was suspicious. He went inside and kept watching. Uncle
Merched walked to the door and looked outside then returned to the
table. He looked at his watch then shook his head. He started eating and
finished the first plate in no time. He checked his watch again and
looked toward the kitchen to see if any body is looking at him. In a
very fast move he switched the plates and finished the second one.
God bless his soul,
his appetite killed him but he was a great guy. I was a good eater in my
youth and Uncle Merched never missed to tell me: "kol ya khol, kol,
el-akl la leb-ghol". [Eat, uncle, eat – food for mules].