Egyptian Dips & Salads
It is originally a paste made from sesame seeds. It is used in many recipes and can be added to different types of food.
It has origins in the Middle East but Egypt is more subtle and is made by blending chickpeas, some olive oil with tahini and some drops of lemon juice.
It is the most famous salad in the Middle East and here are its ingredients: tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, bulgur, lemon juice with some salt and black pepper. It usually fits different dishes and can be eaten with many recipes.
It is a traditional Egyptian salad or dip that is made of aubergines, tomatoes, pepper, salt, tahini, and oil.
It is a yogurt dip that comes mixed with mint & cucumber and it can be used with food that includes chicken or meat.
A mixture of chopped nuts, some spices, and seeds. It is usually used next to different Egyptian plated to be added to the plates which seem to lose the taste or need some additions.
It is the best appetizer that can be eaten alone or next to the Egyptian dishes and it contains different types of vegetables & spices including tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, onions, lemon, pepper, salt, vinegar, and some spices to let it be tasty.
Bread is an essential part next to the main Egyptian dishes just like rice and macaroni. Here are the most common types of bread in Egypt:
- Bataw (بتاو)
- Eish Baladi (عيش بلدي)
- Eish fino (عيش فينو)
- Eish Merahrah (عيش مرحرح)
- Eish Shamsi (عيش شمسي)
- Feteer Meshaltet (فطير مشلتت)
Common Egyptian Dishes
Now after introducing some of the most common appetizers, we’ll start mentioning the best and most common Egyptian dishes and you really should try while visiting Egypt:
It is a big pie that contains many layers with quantities of samnah and you can eat it with either savory or with sweets like honey.
Kabab & Kofta
Sweet pastry pudding. It consists of layers of puff pastry soaked in milk and mixed with nuts, raisins, coconut flakes, and sugar, then thrown into the oven to bake.
Topped with nuts and it has an origin from the Ottoman period. It has multiple names from a country to another as it called basbousa in Egypt, ravani in Turkey & Greece, and Namoura in Lebanon. It is usually soaked in sweet syrup and topped with almonds and fresh cream.
It is similar to basbousa and you can easily get it while being in Alexandria. It is so delicious to have as a dessert.
Topped with pistachios. It is a truly famous dessert in Egypt, Levant, Palestine, and Turkey. It is a truly famous dessert in Ramadan and you can find it anywhere in Egypt and today, there are many types of it including mango kunafa, chocolate kunafa, and even cheesecake kunafa and other types.
It has various names but it is mainly called zalabia or Luqmat El-Qadi. It has various names including loukma in Turkey, meaning mouthful, and in Greece, it is called loukoumades. Baklava filled with Nuts Aish El-Saraya Zainab Fingers, Balah El Sham
A mixture of rice, water, and milk. The whole ingredients are cooked together, boiled, and then put in the fridge. It is much better to eat this dessert cold not hot. It is not expensive at all which makes it the best and the cheapest Egyptian dessert.
It is a dessert of Fatimid origin and is easy to find during Ramadan. They are mini pancakes soaked in sweet syrup or cream. Nowadays you can find qatayef filled with chocolate cream or custard.
An Egyptian dessert that can be found after Eid El-Fitr, which housewives prepare in large amounts as some kind of celebration. It originally dates back to the days of the ancients and it consists of butter cookies stuffed with malban, dates, and nuts, and often sprinkled with white sugar powder. The most interesting thing is that those deserts can be found during the whole year not only in Ramadan but in Ramadan it will be a great opportunity for you to enjoy the most while tasting such tasty deserts in public restaurants & cafés. Other desserts include:
- Couscous (كسكسي)
- Halawa (حلاوة)
- Ladida (لديدة)
- Malban (ملبن)
- Mehalabeya (مهلبية)
- Melabbes (ملبس)
- Mifattah (مفتاة)
Here is a list of some popular Egypt soft drinks that you need to try:
- Mowz bil-Laban/Jawafa bil-Laban
- Strawberry/Mango Juice
- Qasab (Sugarcane Juice)
- Karkade (Hibiscus Iced Tea)
- Qamar al-Din (Apricot Juice)
- Tamrhindi (Tamarind Juice)
A lot of Egyptians don't drink alcohol in regarding their Islamic traditions, but locally brewed beer is served in higher-end and tourist-orientated restaurants.
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