Food is culture
Food is a big part of culture, and Egypt, one of the first civilizations in the world, is home to some of the best dishes. Its amazing cuisine ranges from mouthwatering spicy Kebabs to their super hit street food like cheesy chicken shawarma to freshly made falafel. From use of delicious spices to the intriguing recipes, Egypt remains the hub of amazing food till date.
When in Egypt, don’t forget to try these top Egyptian cuisines:
Molokhia is a dish made out of jute mallow leaves, a typical foodstuff in the days of the pharaohs. The stew is made by long, slow cooking of the leaves in stock with the addition of a butter-fried blend of coriander and garlic. It can be cooked plain, or by adding chicken, rabbit, or shrimp broth to the pot for a heartier stew. Molokhia comes on top of the list of local, and tourist alike, favorite dish in Egypt. Don’t miss out this yummilicious dish when in Egypt.
Kushary is Egypt’s favorite fast food. It is a mixture of macaroni, rice, black lentils and chickpeas. Topped up with vinegar and spicy chili sauce, tomato sauce and fried onions, Kushari is cheap, filling and completely scrumptious. Today, many Egyptians regard this dish as their national dish. It is a must try for sure.
Hamam Mashi is a Pigeon stuffed dish that has been eaten in Egypt since the Pharaonic age. The pigeon’s cavity is packed full of spiced green wheat or Bulgur and then grilled over charcoal. It is a bit complicated to savor it but whoever tries it, loves it. It is also known as one of the finest and most popular Egyptian dishes.
Fuul Mudammas is a main breakfast in Egypt. It is a simple dish of slow-cooked, mashed fava beans seasoned with tomatoes, garlic and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice. Its origins lay in Ancient Egypt and can be eaten as a dish itself or stuffed into pita bread. It is a dish that can be savored on the run. It’s easy to make and very healthy.
Also known as Egyptian pizza or Egyptian pie, fiteer is made from thin layered pastry, stuffed with different ingredients and then cooked in a brick oven. It is said to date back to the Pharaonic age, where this layered bread was made as an offering to the gods. Fiteer is made in different flavors and tourists simply love it!
Falafel is a plant based Egyptian dish, and one of the most popular traditional dishes in Egypt and the Middle East. The main ingredient is Fuul beans, which is similar to kidney beans in color, taste, and texture. It’s made by soaking the beans overnight in water to soften it, then grounded with onions, dill weed, coriander, and spices until the mixture takes a form of a dough. The dough is then deep fried in hot oil one spoonful at a time. Falafel can be prepared plain or stuffed with spicy paprika, eggs, or other ingredients. What gives falafel its fame and popularity is the crunchy on the outside doughy on the inside kind of texture. Not to mention falafel is the most versatile dish in Egypt as it can be a part of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and there are always a restaurant or street vendor that serves it.