Popular Palestinian cheese pastry shop Kunafa’s opens in Mississauga


Published August 24, 2022 at 4:56 pm

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A traditional cheese and dough dessert from Palestine has arrived in Mississauga.

Kunafa’s, which has locations in Scarborough and Ajax, opens a new location at 3058 Hurontario St. in Mississauga on Friday, Aug. 26.

Kunafa, also known as Kanafeh, kunafeh or kunafah, is a traditional Palestinian cheese and dough pastry drizzled with a sweet syrup. It’s layered sheet dessert and when you cut a square, you can see the cheese pull.

It can be prepared in various ways but the most popular world wide is called kunafa nabulsi, Kunafa’s notes on its website. Kunafa nabulsi came from the Palestinian city of Nablus. The dough is a modified and refined version of Kataifi (shredded phyllo pastry).

Kunafa’s owners, Basim Jubran and Shadi Issa, came up the idea to start a Kunafa pastry shop in Toronto because they couldn’t find one in the city.

“After several tries, we knew there was nothing like back-home,” they said.

In 2015, they went to the Middle East to learn how to make an authentic Middle Eastern Kunafa.

“If you’ve tasted Kunafa from places like Amman, Palestine or even Nablus, you’ll instantly feel at home when you bite into one of our mouth watering pieces of Kunafa,” the website notes.

Kunafa’s Mississauga celebrates its grand opening at 11 a.m. on Friday with free samples kunafa.

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