Well, there is a list of must-visit destinations, and then there is the irresistible Egyptian cuisine. As a tourist in Egypt, your experience is never complete haven’t you tried the local food. Not to be biased, but as a nation that loves and appreciates food, you can totally trust us when we tell you that these dishes are definitely must-try.
On top of the list is Koshary, Egypt’s most popular and very affordable dish. It is a great option for vegans and vegetarians too. It is a mix of lentils, rice, macaroni, chickpeas, and topped with fried onions. This very delicious mix is drizzled with a special tomato sauce as well as vinegar and garlic sauce.
Crispy, crunchy, and very delicious, Hawawshi is minced meat stuffed in pita bread and baked in the oven. The secret behind its intensified flavor lies in how the bread soaks up the juice and fat from the minced beef as it get cooked in the oven.
There is not a single house in Egypt that is not a fan of Molokheya, a thick soup-like dish made from a plant that is chopped and boiled in precision to give it a thick consistency. It is then topped with garlic cooked in a pan. Molokheya is eaten with rice and either duck, chicken, or rabbits, also with bread and can be eaten on its own as a soup.
One of the best and most delicious Egyptian dishes ever. It is as simple as it sounds. Small pigeons are stuffed with either rice or freekeh and fried to perfection. Egyptians eat it to the very last bite, even with the bones too given how soft they are.
Literally translated as ‘stuffed’, this dish consists of different types of vegetables such as peppers, vine leaves, eggplant, and zucchini stuffed with rice and mixed herbs and sometimes minced meat too. Addictive enough, once you start you grab more and more and it is hard to stop.
Another type of stuffed food, Mombar is basically sheep intestines stuffed with rice mixed herbs, and spices mixed together and then fried in oil. The strong and distinctive taste of mixed herbs along with the crispiness of the outer layer will definitely give your taste buds a treat.
Foul and Falafel
The traditional Egyptian breakfast. Foul is fava beans cooked in different styles whether with oil, lemon, tomato sauce, or with vegetables. As for Falafel in an Egyptian style, unlike other cuisines where it is made from chickpeas, Egyptian prepare it with soaked fava beans mixed with finely chopped garlic, cilantro, parsley, and onions and then fried in a pan. Both can fill you up for hours and hours, you won’t even need any snacks before lunch.