I was in Egypt about a month and a half ago. The regime change and protests had not yet begun. The National Museum in Cairo was not yet looted and I had no problems taking clichéd pyramid photos with thousands of other tourists. As with every trip I take, I was there mostly for the food. Of course the four thousand year old history and culture had some sway as well. My trip lasted 10 days and I spent time in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor. What follows is an account of my favorite Egyptian eats. Feast your eyes on this!
*I should note my mom was worried about my plans to visit. By this point in my travelling career my mom has gotten the idea that most countries I go to have revolutions soon after I leave… so far she’s right. Apologies for the stress mom!
Wood-fired Egyptian flat bread
Woman making bread
Kushari from Abou Tarek. Yep, Anthony Bourdain went here and so did I.
(Youtube footage of Tony at Abou Tarek)
Rows of spices at the markets
Sweet potato (or yam, I’ve forgotten) fresh from the cart at the market
Tea with mint (Shai)
Me enjoying Shai
Nubian aged cheese and molasses with flat bread. I have to say I HATED the cheese but the molasses made up for it.
My BIRTHDAY cake. This is the first time I celebrated my birthday outside of the states and the fact that I still ate cake thrilled me
Zalabia- warm fried dough soaked in honey. If there were a perfume that smelled like this dessert, I’d wear it.
Buffet of appetizers including tahini, olives, cucumber salad, garlic dip (? didn’t catch the name), hummus and probably a couple other things I’ve forgotten.