Feature: Syrian woman opens 1st vegetarian restaurant in hometown – Xinhua

Ahlam Sarai, a 54-year-old Syrian woman, cooks vegetarian food at her restaurant in Sweida, Syria, on June 20, 2021. (Photo by Ammar Safarjalani/Xinhua)

by Hummam Sheikh Ali

SWEIDA, Syria, July 20 (Xinhua) — Ahlam Sarai, a 54-year-old Syrian woman, finally realized her dream of opening the first vegetarian restaurant in her hometown Sweida.

Sarai’s dream began more than 11 years ago, when she was inspired by her two children to become a vegetarian and tried to cook appealing food without meat or other animal products.

The alternatives she resorted to included seitan, wheat gluten, soy protein and soy chunks that

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