The best food to try on holiday in Egypt

  1. The best food to try on holiday in Egypt

Egyptian cuisine is an explosion of flavour. The local food centres around grilled meats and vegetables, though there is an astonishing variety of food to choose from. When on an Egypt holiday, it is important to ensure that all cooked food you eat is piping hot, to avoid any stomach illnesses. It is also advisable to avoid drinking the tap water, bottled water is cheap and readily available. But that’s enough about the do not’s. This article will introduce you to some of the most delectable dishes that Egypt has to offer.

Beans and pulses form an important part of Egyptian cuisine, which is where staples such as kushari come in. This dish is an attack on the senses, as rice, lentils, spaghetti and hummus come together in an unusual but delicious combination. All the ingredients are tossed together with some caramelized onions and thick tomato sauce. A quick season and voila, a typical Egyptian lunch. Even better, it’s cheap and readily available in most local restaurants. Other popular vegetarian dishes in Egypt include grilled aubergine and stuffed peppers, whilst baked squash is another firm favourite.

For a meatier dish, kofta and other forms of kebab are to be found everywhere in Egypt. Succulent lamb or your choice of meat is grilled over charcoal for a smokey flavour and is served with traditional baladi bread and a variety of greens and dips, typically including baba ghanoush and tzatziki.

Our favourite baladi bread makes another appearance if you order a Fattah. Fattah is a kind of biriyani: bread and rice layered together and served with tomato sauce and either beef, lamb or veal.

Fish is not exactly considered a staple in Egyptian cuisine, but if your Egypt holiday takes you to a coastal city, such as Alexandria or Port Said, then expect to come across sayadeya on the menu of local restaurants. Made with white fish such as mullet, sayadeya consists of fish cooked with rice and a tomato and onion sauce. It’s baked in a tagine, similar to that found in Moroccan cuisine, where earthenware utensils give the food a natural flavour.

Having enjoyed your meal, perhaps it needs rounding out with a dessert? Egyptian desserts are varied and there are many to choose from. Kunafa is one of the most popular, a pastry stuffed with chocolate, mango or any other filling you can think of! Or you could try zalabya, small, deep-fried balls of dough which are then soaked in honey and sprinkled with sugar or dipped in chocolate. Not one to miss if you have a sweet tooth.

Wash down your meal with a glass of freshly squeezed mango or guava juice and you have yourself a traditional Egyptian meal. Alcohol is not readily available in Egypt, as it is a predominantly Muslim country. However, most large hotels and resorts will be able to serve you an alcoholic drink.

Egyptian cuisine is similar in many ways to its Arab neighbours in Jordan and Turkey, and its African counterparts such as Morocco. Local recipes vary by region but wherever you travel in Egypt you are sure to find delicious food. Make sure to try out some street food from the local markets for a taste of the real Egypt.

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