10 Typical Egyptian Foods That Are Very Delicious and Worth Trying

10 Typical Egyptian Foods That Are Very Delicious and Worth Trying

Egypt is one of the most visited countries on the African continent by tourists from all over the world. Generally, they come to Egypt to see the giant pyramids in Giza. Egypt, which is rich in history, is a place worth visiting once in a lifetime.

Like every country in the world, Egypt also has some special foods that are tempting to sample. Since Egypt’s population is predominantly Muslim, halal food can be easily found throughout the country. Here are some typical Egyptian foods that you need to try while on vacation there.

  1. Full Medammes

This is the most common Egyptian breakfast menu. You can find sellers of ful medammes on the streets of Cairo and across the country. These foods may be very hard to find outside of Egypt. Therefore, you need to try it once in a while while in the land of the pyramids.

Ful medammes are made from fava beans cooked in oil and salt. Previously the beans were soaked overnight and cooked for hours over low heat to remove the lid. This dish is usually accompanied by steamed eggs, cheese, pita bread, etc.

  1. Falael

The next typical Egyptian food that needs to be tasted is falael or ta’meya. This food is usually served on the Egyptian breakfast menu along with ful, eggs, cheese, and pita bread. Grounded fava beans are the main ingredient for making Egyptian ta’meya, with the addition of chickpea flour.

Other ingredients that are mixed into the falafel mixture are cilantro, parsley, white onions, garlic, and spring onions which are all finely chopped. Several spices are also part of this round-fried dish, including cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.

  1. Koshari

If you’re craving traditional Egyptian food that’s delicious and filling, try eating Koshari. This dish consists of rice covered with macaroni, lentils, and chickpeas. The toppings themselves include caramelized onions, thick red sauce, and garlic/chili/vinegar/sauce.

Since Koshari is such a popular food, you can easily find it on the streets of Cairo and Egypt in general. This food is sold in roadside stalls to restaurants.

  1. Mahshi

This Egyptian food is also served with rice, which is the main source of carbohydrates for Indonesians. Mahshi is a choice of vegetables filled with rice, such as zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, cabbage leaves, or grape leaves.

The filling itself consists of rice, spices such as parsley, cilantro, and dill, and a tomato sauce with spices and a touch of cinnamon. You can also add minced meat to the mahshi filling to enrich the taste of the delicacy.

  1. Shawarma

If you want to try meat dishes with local Egyptian flavors then you can try shawarma. The meat used to make shawarma is chicken, beef, lamb, goat, to turkey. The meat is marinated with Middle Eastern spices and cooked throughout the day on a large skewer (similar to a kebab).

Likewise, with the way of presentation, the meat will be sliced ‚Äč‚Äčthin and then rolled in flatbread or pita that has been steamed or heated. Other foods such as hummus, tahini, pickles, vegetables, and even french fries are also added to the pita rolls.

  1. Molochia

This typical Egyptian food is usually a soup made from molokhia or jute leaves which is commonly served in the month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. Although it looks less tempting, this soup has a savory taste and distinctive aroma. Not only that, but molokhia also contains many vitamins, minerals, and fiber that the body needs.

In Egypt, this soup is often served with other foods, such as rice, bread, meat (chicken or beef) to seafood. If you’re on vacation in Alexandria, which is an idyllic coastal city, the molokhia you buy may be served with shrimp or fish.

  1. Fattah

Fattah is a very popular food in the Middle East, but it differs from country to country. Fattah is a mixture of rice, bread, and some kind of protein.

The Egyptian version of Fattah usually contains meat as a protein component. Eid al-Adha and Aqiqah are times when Fattah is very common in Egyptian kitchens.

  1. Roz Bel Laban

Roz bel laban is an Egyptian rice pudding that is very popular there. This food can be served cold or warm. So, if you’re looking for a delicious and rich-tasting dessert, give this Roz bel laban a try.

This Egyptian version of rice pudding is made with rice, rose water, sweet spices, honey, and cream which makes it delicious and very tempting to taste. As a side note, rose water has been used in many Egyptian recipes for thousands of years.

  1. Kunafa

This very famous Middle Eastern food is also available in Egypt and you should try it while on vacation there. Kunafa is a dessert that is traditionally eaten during the month of Ramadan. Some mosques in Egypt may also provide kunafa as a menu for breaking the fast of the congregation.

The original Kunafa is made using cream, nuts, and syrup. The process of making kunafa is also unique. The kunafa dough that has finished baking will be immediately added with syrup on top before it is ready to eat. You can find this sweet, traditional food easily on the streets of Egypt.

  1. Sahlab

Sahlab is a popular winter drink in Egypt that you can get in cafes. The main ingredient of this warm, white and thick drink is an ointment which is a white powder obtained from the dried bulbs of the wild orchid, Orchis mascula.

You can also make your sahlab because there are already available sachets of sahlab products that can be bought easily at supermarkets (suitable for souvenirs). Traditionally, sahlab is served with a pinch of cinnamon, grated coconut, crushed pistachios, and sometimes some raisins.

Well, those are some typical Egyptian foods that you shouldn’t miss while on vacation there. Some of the foods above may be very hard to find outside of Egypt. Therefore, to add to the experience during the holidays, try to taste the foods above as long as it suits you.