In many ways, Egypt is an exciting destination. From the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of Kings, the Nile river and everything in between, there are many highlights to experience. If you ask us, the food in Egypt is another major highlight of the country. Egyptian cuisine has been influenced throughout history, primarily from the Middle East. We’d say the food in Egypt feels more Arabic than African. Vegetables and legumes feature heavily in this cuisine and you can taste many cultures in their unique dishes.

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The most popular food in Egypt – 10 dishes you need to try

1) Ful Medames 

Fava beans, parsley, onion, tomato, lemon juice, olive oil and tahini bring this warming dish together to create my all-time favourite food in Egypt. Eaten with a basket of fresh Egyptian bread to scoop it all up – this meal is super satisfying. Ful (pronounced ‘fool’) is a popular breakfast food in Egypt and pairs perfectly with some fresh tea.

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One of my favourite food in Egypt is Ful Medames.

2) Koshari

Every culture has its favourite comfort food, and for Egyptians, Koshari is the go-to dish. It is also a popular street food in Egypt. You can buy it from street vendors who prepare this filling dish in huge pots. The dish is made from a base of lentils, rice, pasta and chickpeas, then seasoned with vinegar and garlic and covered with tomatoes.

Yes, this meal is heavy on carbs, but it’s worth it. You will notice that this humble food in Egypt blends both Italian and Arab flavours and ingredients. Served with a spiced tomato sauce and topped with crispy onions, you need to try it.

3) Kobeiba

A combination of ground meat, grains, onion and spices make up the delicious bite-sized kobeiba. It is known throughout the region by different names.

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Kobeiba

We’ve eaten it as we travelled in Lebanon and Syria, but here it is known as ‘kibbe’. And each time we return to Turkey, we regularly tuck into ‘bulgur koftesi’, the Turkish kobeiba. 

Kobeiba is super tasty on their own, but I love to eat them with dips such as hummus and baba ghanoush.

 

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Baba ghanoush and hummus. This is food in Egypt that we absolutely love!

4) Mahshi 

Mahshi is a very popular vegetarian food in Egypt and most Mediterranean countries have a similar version.

This is a dish of different vegetables that are packed with minced beef/lamb or chicken and rice, then simmered in a tomato and stock broth. Typically, the vegetables used in this dish are zucchini, peppers, eggplant, or even tomatoes.

5) Fatteh

Fatteh is a popular food in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East. Essentially, spiced boiled beef or lamb is served over a bed of rice. Then pieces of toasted pita bread are added and its topped with a warm tomato and garlic sauce. There is something special about this traditional Egyptian dish. It’s one of my go-to dishes when travelling in Egypt and Lebanon.

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Fatteh is a food in Egypt that you must try! So full of flavour and very filling too.

6) Kebab

For all the meat-lovers out there, the food in Egypt that you will like is kebab. These are pieces of marinated meat (lamb, veal or chicken) which is chargrilled. The best part is the smoky taste from the way it has been cooked and then the fresh bread, rice, salads, herbs and dips that are served alongside kebab. 

7) Ta’meya (Egypt Falafel)

Ta’amiya is typical breakfast food in Egypt. It is also known as Egyptian falafel. It’s cheap, tasty, and perfect to pick up when you’re short on time visiting the amazing things to see in Egypt. So, what makes Egyptian felafel different to falafel from other countries? Rather than using chickpeas as a base, Ta’amiya is prepared using fava beans instead.

They’re loaded with greens and fresh herbs such as coriander, dill, leek and parsley and perfect for vegetarians! So delicious to eat on their own, but I’d recommend eating with fresh Egyptian bread, tahina and salad.

An easy, yet delicious Ta’meya recipe to cook at home is here on AllRecipes.com

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Ta’amiya or Egyptian falafel is a popular food in Egypt. Made using fava beans instead of chickpeas, don’t miss it! Photo Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

8) Bessara

If you’re a fan of hummus, baba ghanoush and other flavourful dips, you will appreciate bessara. A zesty dip with broad beans being the core ingredient. Garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, spicy red pepper, and salt are added, then blitzed. The result is wonderful. I could eat this food in Egypt by the spoonful, but it’s better eaten with fresh bread.

9) Kunafah

Kunafah is a traditional dessert food in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. This incredible dessert is made with two crispy layers of kataifi pastry which is soaked in sugar syrup and rose water, then filled with clotted cream or ricotta cheese. The filling is often flavoured with cardamom and orange zest. Kunafah is served warm and it is the most delightful dessert I’ve ever eaten.

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Kunafeh is the best sweet food in Egypt. If you see a place with a line up of locals waiting for hot kunafeh, get in it!

10) Basbousa

Another delicious food in Egypt. A sweet cake from semolina flour that has been soaked in rosewater syrup or honey and lemon. Afterwards, it is topped with slivered almonds and shaved coconut. It’s perfect when eaten with a pot of fresh tea.

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Have you eaten anything on our list of popular food in Egypt? Tell us in the comments below about your all-time favourite food in Egypt.

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