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Food Glorious Food – Egyptian Style

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on July 19, 2010

I am taking the inspiration for this post from http://gesvol.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/do-mcdonalds-toys-make-kids-fat/ -thank you.
If you are addicted to fast food, you will be relieved to know that Egypt is not short of American fast food restaurants, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Chili’s all flourish here…and there is even that famous iconic American Landmark 100 feet from the base of the iconic Egyptian Landmark of the Sphinx – Kentucky Fried Chicken.
But if you want to walk like an Egyptian, then you must eat like one! Egyptians are very hospitable people, one does not decline a dinner invitation….or breakfast, or lunch.  Meal time is central to the Egyptian families, it is a sacred time to gather – to share.  Being taken in by an Egyptian family for a meal is an unforgettable experience, whether the fare is elaborate or more down to earth, one does not leave the table hungry…

But here’s a look at Egyptian fast food…..

The Original Egyptian Fast Food

One staple of the Egyptian diet is a bean called “fuul” – unlimited possibilities for preparation.  It is a bean that is slow cooked, about 8 hours over a low heat.  It is readily available already cooked from the original fast food “companies” in Egypt, the “push fuul cart”.    Usually hammered together at home, and painted red and green you can spot them on every street corner.  For less than 10 cents you can get a big enough serving for two hungry people, it is then “jazzed” up by mama at home if she didn’t make it herself, with anything you can think of…tomatoes, onions, chilies, tahini sauce..

Tamaya

The other staple is tamaya, again made from a bean and fried into crunchy little balls, often stuffed into a pita, or served along side the fuul.  The costs?  About two cents per “ball”

Koshari

On any given street in Egypt you will hear what I call the music of kosheri..the clanking of metal spoons against pots and plates… a combination of pasta, lentil, chickpeas, fried onions, tomato sauce, hot sauce, and a vinegar/garlic “kicker” can be found for about $1.00

Bon Apetite!

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