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When I was in Israel a few years back I tried this really great street food. I had gotten the recipe, but now have lost it and don't remember what it was called. It is a cross between a pancake and a bread. The one I had had za'atar, thin sliced tomatoes, and red onion fried into one side and was flipped over. Does anyone know what this is called?

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Was it a latke, a potato pancake? –  ElendilTheTall Nov 30 '11 at 20:07
    
No it had no potatoes in it. It was pan fried if that helps anyone. –  anton2g Nov 30 '11 at 20:13
    
And it wasn't fresh pitta bread? –  ElendilTheTall Nov 30 '11 at 20:32
    
It wasn't pita bread. It was about the size of it, but had a more similar consistency to a hard pancake –  anton2g Nov 30 '11 at 20:43

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I was able to track down the dish. It is called Lahuhe. There is a picture of it here: http://pickuptheforkbuenosaires.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/mg_5093.jpg?w=640&h=426 Thank you to everyone for trying to help me out.

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From your description, it might have been a Malawach. enter image description here

If it is, here is a link to a recipie.

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This is close, but the recipe is not right. There was nothing to dip it in or to spread on it. It just had the "toppings" embeded in the food. –  anton2g Dec 1 '11 at 16:18
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What you had could have been simply a street-vendor variation on the base recipe (toppings baked into bread are easier to eat than those simply perched on top). Perhaps you should try making this recipe -- with your toppings baked in -- to see if it tastes right to you. –  Bruce Goldstein Dec 1 '11 at 18:30
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Hmmm... it's possible that it was something invented by that particular street-vendor. –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Dec 2 '11 at 5:30

It's probably just flatbread. If you are in an African (West and South) influenced area, it will be unleavened, just flour and water. In the more Middle East (North and East) areas it will probably have yeast as well (or local beer)

The dough is normally left to stand for some time before being rolled and cooked

They are rolled or teased out to large circles (50cm+), and then traditionally cooked over a convex curved pan (sag?). Imagine a upside down wok, made of thick steel

Image from wikimedia commons

On the Middle East side it is brushed with olive oil and herbs like Za'atar, or salt and chilli

If mixed and cooked quickly without leavening this is suitable for Passover, and is referred to as Matzo, but without the baked in toppings

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The recipe did not call for it to stand to rise. –  anton2g Dec 1 '11 at 15:55

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