Cafes and street food in EGYPT
The staples of the Egyptian diet are broad (â€˜aish, which also means â€œlifeâ€), fuul and taamiya. Bread, eaten with all meals and snacks, comes either as pitta-type â€˜aish shamsi (sun-raised bread made from white flour) or â€˜aish baladi (made from coarse wholewheatflour).
Fuul (pronounced â€œfoolâ€, fava bens) Is extremely cheap and can be prepared in several ways. Boiled and mashed with tomatoes, onions and spices, the beans are referred to as fuul madammes, a dish often served with a chopped boiled egg for breakfast. A similar mixture stuffed intoâ€™ aish baladi constitutes the pitta-bread sandwiches sold on the street.
Just as inexpensive is taamiya, sometimes called falafel, deep-fried patties of green beans mixed with spices. Again, itâ€™s served in pitta-bread, often with a snatch of salad, pickles and tahina (a sauce made from sesame paste, tahini), for which you can expect you pay the grand sum of E1 or so.
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