Food Culture in Egypt

Food is a kind of culture, which is based on the social background, economic situation and customs of the whole nation and country. The food of different regions and countries often reflects the very different cultural characteristics and connotations of these countries and nations. Egypt is always full of magical colors, which makes us feel how incredible Egypt is, but the food culture of Egypt is also very special. If you don't believe me, let us learn about the food culture of Egypt together, and let you love Egypt even more. Egyptian food is made with strong North African colors and Arabian touches.


What's the food habits in Egypt?

Egypt belongs to a Muslim country. Generally, breakfast is usually bread with cheese, or a cup of black tea, and lunch is naan (equivalent to domestic pancakes) with some vegetables; meat is mainly chicken, fish, and occasionally beef and mutton (because beef and mutton are relatively More expensive), dinner is relatively rich, usually eaten after the sun goes down. There are three main ways to eat fish in Egypt (Alexandria), grilled fish, fried fish, and stewed fish, but they all like to serve with fried peppers (similar to the practice of domestic tiger skin peppers). Although Alexandria relies on the Mediterranean Sea, seafood is not local. preferred;


Egyptian vegetables are mainly, peppers, peas, onions, potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes. Egypt is a very unique fruit shop. No matter what fruits are piled up neatly, it is really beautiful and tempting. The main local specialties of Egypt are: bananas, melons, oranges, due to the large temperature difference between day and night in the local climate. , so the sugar content of various fruits is very high, and the taste is pure and fragrant.



Egyptian cooking

There are two styles of cooking in Egypt: French and Italian cooking are popular in wealthy families, while Arab cooking is the mainstay in poor families. Spicy dishes are the favorite flavors of Egyptians. Garlic and Chili.


The characteristics of Egyptian cooking materials are: extensive use of rice, soybeans, mutton, goat meat, poultry and eggs; large consumption of cheese (goat cheese type) and sour products; also like to use vegetables for dishes; fish dishes are popular in coastal areas. But there is something special, that is, Egyptians do not eat pork.



Popular dishes in Egypt

Turkey is known as one of the "food paradises" in the world. Walking in the streets, you will always be attracted by different kinds of food. What are the dishes in Turkey?

1. Dürüm

Dürüm is actually a type of Döner Kebap, so let's translate it as "Turkish Meatloaf". Its filling is similar to that of traditional Döner, the only difference is that the dough is very close to Chinese pancakes, so it tastes like a domestic burrito. The point is that it is better than Döner, and it is not too embarrassing to eat.

2. İmam Bayıldı

This dish can be simply and rudely called "roasted eggplant". First, peel the long eggplant, fry it in the oil pan until it becomes soft, put the chopped onion, chopped green pepper, and tomato pieces into the pan and stir fry, add a little minced garlic, chili powder, black pepper and salt (for meat eaters, too You can add some minced meat), then add chopped parsley and cook. Cut the eggplant lengthwise, about three-quarters deep (don't split it in half), and fill it with the fried stuffing; Place the eggplants on a baking sheet, drizzle with diluted tomato sauce (not tomato salsa), and bake in the oven.

3. Köfte

Köfte's real name is meatballs. Turkey's meatballs are roasted, and they are only divided into beef or mutton. Occasionally, they are rolled into long strips or flattened. If the rich and fragrant lion head needs a thick sauce, then the turkey meatballs are completely tempting your taste buds with the domineering of the meat itself. Pair it with a yogurt sauce that is so pure that you will doubt your life, and occasionally take a bite of roasted green peppers, and your lips and teeth will be fragrant.


4. Kızarmış Balık

This dish is actually fried fish. Although fish does not hold the same place as beef, mutton and rice in the hearts of Turkish people, it is still regarded as a delicacy in the coastal areas, especially in Izmir.

5. İskender Kebap

This can be said to be a very typical roast, also known as Bursa roast. As the name suggests, this roast originates from Bursa, the area around Istanbul. The reason why this dish can be among the top three on the list is the perfect combination of the rich tomato sauce aroma and thinly grilled meat.

6. Saç Kavurma

In this dish, mutton, onions, peppers, and tomatoes are fried together on a small iron pan. Of course, butter and tomato sauce are essential, as well as other strange spices. Finally, a pinch of rice is buckled in the center. For this turkey stir-fry, I highly recommend Fat Boys in Goreme. This is not an Internet celebrity restaurant, and this dish is not an Internet celebrity dish, but it is all local low-key luxury.

7. Testi Kebabı

This is Cappadocia's famous dish - beef in a clay pot. It beats döner, köfte and other famous Turkish dishes to the top of the list. It must have its charm. Different from Turkish fast food such as roujiamo and ball buns, clay pot beef is a very delicate and exquisite dish. In addition to the selected veal, there are many side dishes in the clay pot: onions, tomatoes, peppers, green onions, etc. (don't compare with the celestial dynasty, where vegetables are scarce), in addition to many condiments and each restaurant Different secret sauces. Seal the crock pot with foil and bake in the oven for at least 90 minutes, or 2 hours on an open flame. During this period, the clay pot is completely sealed, and the aromas of beef and vegetables continue to merge and collide in the pot. Finally, use a small axe or a small hammer to gently knock open the clay pot, pour the food into the plate and enjoy it.


Friendly tips about Egyptian food culture

Every Friday is the traditional "Judah day gathering ceremony" for the Egyptians. When the melodious call of prayer is heard in the mosque, Muslims flock to the nearby mosques for group worship. A large number of believers still devoutly abide by the canon of 5 prayers a day: the morning prayer, the ringing prayer, the feeding prayer, the evening prayer, and the evening prayer. On religious holidays, television also broadcasts footage of presidents and heads of government going to mosques to worship.


Egyptian Muslims not only devoutly believe in the "Five Elements" (confession, worship, hunger strike, almsgiving, and visiting the Holy Land of Mecca), but they also have to practice it. In other words, the "Five Elements" have been integrated with daily life. After understanding their living customs, you will not inadvertently violate their "five elements". Muslims have an indispensable habit: pray several times a day.


In Egypt, different religious festivals have different festive foods, such as stewed broad beans and desserts during Ramadan; dried fish and sugar-sprinkled desserts during Eid al-Fitr; salted fish, green onions and shallots during Smell the Wind Festival; To eat roast lamb and oil pancakes.


Egypt is a world-famous ancient civilization. It strictly abides by the Islamic canon in terms of diet. During Ramadan, they fast during the day, do not eat all taboos, and do not eat red stew with juice and undercooked vegetables; they do not talk to others when eating. It is forbidden to make noise when drinking hot soup and beverages, and it is forbidden to come back after the food is eaten, and it is taboo to touch the utensils and food with the left hand.



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