Halab is the ancient name of Aleppo in northern Syria.
Aleppo (/əˈlɛpoʊ/; Arabic: ﺣﻠﺐ / ALA-LC: Ḥalab, IPA: [ˈħalab]) is a city in Syria, serving as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate, the most populous Syrian governorate. With an official population of 4.6 million in 2010, Aleppo was the largest Syrian city before the Syrian Civil War; however, now Aleppo is probably the second-largest city in Syria after the capital Damascus.
Syrian cuisine in general, and especially Aleppine cuisine, has a very wide selection of dishes.[clarification needed] Being surrounded by olive, nut and fruit orchards, Aleppo is famous for a love of eating, as the cuisine is the product of fertile land and location along the Silk Road. The International Academy of Gastronomy in France awarded Aleppo its culinary prize in 2007. But in fact, Aleppo was a food capital long before Paris, because of its diverse communities of Arabs, Kurds, Armenians, Circassians, Arab Christian and Turcomans. All of those groups contributed food traditions, since Aleppo was part of the Ottoman Empire.[clarification needed] The city has a vast selection of different types of dishes, such as kebab, kibbeh, dolma, hummus, ful halabi, za’atar halabi, etc. Ful halabi is a typical Aleppine breakfast meal: fava bean soup with a splash of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and Aleppo’s red peppers. The za’atar of Aleppo (thyme) is a kind of oregano which is very popular in the regional cuisines.