Egypt has rich culinary traditions that reflect its long history and its Levantine location. From the familiar to the outré, there’s a host of taste sensations to be experienced – here are ten classics to start you off.
This popular street food might resemble a falafel – but it’s actually made with fava beans not chickpeas – and it’s delicious.
An acquired taste that can quickly turn to an obsession this green soup is made from mallow leaves, often served with lamb.
Pigeon is a delicacy in Egypt – the birds are bred across the country in conical towers and served stuffed with rice or bulgur wheat.
An aromatic dish of baked vegetables such as zucchini, peppers or aubergine stuffed with herbs.
This aubergine based classic with olive oil, garlic, tahini and lemon originated in the Levant.
Perfect for vegetarians, this creamy puree combines ground beans, dill, leek, parsley, green pepper, parsley, and fried onions.
This dish combines white fish like sea bass with tomato sauce, yellow rice, onions and spices.
A bread parcel filled with minced meat, onion and pepper – a staple of home-style Egyptian cooking.
This dessert has Ottoman origins – a sponge soaked in syrup with almonds and fresh cream.
Baked Sweet Potato
This is a healthy and great value dessert dish in Egypt – served in half with everything from ice cream to chocolate and nuts.