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Traditional food in Egypt

When travelling through Egypt doing your tours, it’s easy to get caught up in the beauty and wonders of the country, forgetting that the food culture is unique and worth exploring. In terms of what to expect, many traditional dishes in Egypt include lamb, beef, and fish, and numerous recipes emphasis rice and grains, as well as beans and vegetables. As a result, even if you’re a vegetarian, you’ll find plenty of delicious food in Egypt.

Knowing where and what to eat when travelling anywhere (her is The most 20 top rated Attractions to visit in Egypt) , including Egypt, is always a challenge. However, keep in mind that the best Egypt tours should include stops at some of the country’s most authentic restaurants, so double-check before booking. You’ll want to see, touch, and taste the Egyptian cuisine, and an experienced guide can point you in the right direction. Bring your appetite and curiosity on your trip to Egypt, and be sure to sample and savor these eight enticing foods.

1- Koshary

The Egyptian national dish is koshary (also kushari or koshari), a popular street food. Even the most voracious eaters will be satisfied by this hearty concoction of lentils, chickpeas, rice, macaroni, tomato sauce, and fried onions. Though koshary is commonly seen on tables in Arab homes around the world, it has long been a favorite street food in Cairo.
A generous portion should cost no more than a dollar or two, providing enough energy for an afternoon  attractions to visit.

2-Falafel

Falafel is commonly associated with the Middle East (the debate over where it originated continues), but Egypt has its own version that uses dried fava beans rather than dried chickpeas. A medley of fresh herbs, including parsley, dill, and cilantro, as well as onion, garlic, ground cumin, and coriander, round out the list of ingredients. After frying, fava bean balls can be rolled in sesame seeds. Pita bread (of course) and tahini are excellent accompaniments. Ta’ameya can be served with a tomato and cucumber salad.

3- Local bread

Beware carbohydrate addicts: bread is a staple of the Egyptian diet. Aish Baladi is a fluffy pita-style bread made entirely of whole grains like emmer wheat and barley. This doughy delight can be found all over the country, and each bite is fresher than the last because it is baked several times per day. Utensils can be replaced with aish baladi, so don’t be surprised if you see Egyptians eating with their hands. They frequently use a warm pita to sop up every morsel of food on the plate. You’ll soon discover that you’re doing the same thing. While bread is essential in Egyptian cuisine and is used in many recipes, it is only the beginning of what Egypt has to offer in terms of cuisine.

 4- Fattah

This traditional Arab dish is frequently served at celebrations and feasts such as Ramadan, weddings, and baby births. Fattah starts with fresh or toasted flatbread or pita cut into wedges, then layers it with meat (usually beef or lamb, but sometimes chicken), rice, onion, garlic, spices, yoghurt, zesty tomato sauce, and, on occasion, eggplant or aubergine.
Fatteh is finished with a sprinkling of pine nuts for texture, and when finished and served on a platter, it resembles nachos due to the medley of colors, with pita wedges replacing tortilla chips.

5-Kabab and kofta

Without kofta, no Egyptian menu would be complete! This filling meat-based dish is also known as Egyptian meatloaf. The main ingredients are lamb, beef, onion, garlic, spices (kaba wa kofta can be spicy), and fresh mint. It’s basically ground beef formed into balls or chunky oblong shapes and skewered. Kofta can also be grilled without the use of skewers. It goes well with salad and, of course, that irresistible Egyptian bread.

6- Ful (beans)

According to legend, this ancient Egyptian dish dates back to the time of the Pharaohs. Ful Mudammas is a traditional Egyptian breakfast dish and popular street food that can be eaten at any time of day. It, too, begins with a fava bean base. Beans are soaked overnight, cooked, and then served in a bowl with chopped parsley on top. Hard-boiled eggs are usually added (ideal for breakfast), and pita bread (again) is a must. As desired, a dressing of olive oil, salt and pepper, pepper flakes, lemons, crushed garlic, and ground cumin is drizzled over the ful mudammas.

7-Sea Food

Seafood lovers will not want to pass up the opportunity to try one of Egypt’s prized fish dishes. Chefs clean a whole white fish, season it with salt, pepper, and spices, then pan-fry it before finishing it in the oven with an onion, bell pepper, and tomato sauce. When served over rice, fish sayadiya is occasionally topped with toasted almonds, which add a nice crunch to this flavorful dish.

8-Om Ali

This traditional and decadent bread pudding originated in Egypt but is now popular throughout the Middle East. According to legend, this dish was named after Sultan Ezz Din Aybak’s wife and dates back to the 13th century. There are several stories about how the dessert got its name, some of which are dark and distressing, so we’ll skip that (we don’t want to detract from this fantastic dessert!).

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