Our food guide in Egypt
Food experience in Egypt
Hi guys! Lisa here and I will be writing about our food experience detailing what we ate in Cairo and Luxor.
We arrived in Cairo on 30th of November 2019 and we were keen to try some Egyptian food so I am going to go straight into it!
Kushary or Kushari
We had been recommended to try "Kushary"or "Kushari" which was a traditional Egyptian dish that consisted of 2 different types of pastas (from what I can see it was macaroni pasta and spaghetti pasta), rice, beans and lentils covered in a tomato sauce topped with deep fried onion.
We googled "Koshari" and found a place that had a lot of good reviews so off we went to try this staple Egyptian dish!
The 2 dishes (because we don't share!) costed 20EGP and it was definitely something different than to what I had expected! The combination of the tomato sauce and the deep fried onion definitely hits the spot after a long day of walking in the Egyptian musuem in Cairo!
Egyptian Hamam Mahshi and Kofta
Next thing we tried was an Egyptian delicacy Hamam Mahshi which is Pigeon stuffed with rice and Kofta or "Kefteh" which are skewered minced meat that is barbecued.
When we walked into the restaurant the waiter immediately asked if we wanted to order the pigeon so this place is definately the place you want to be at!
I also noticed that all the locals had a serving of what I thought was tea but when I asked the waiter he said it was pigeon soup! So I had to get that as well.
Our meal costed 220EGP for 2 servings of Pigeon, Kofta and 2 soups.
We also found this restaurant from googling for kebaab and it was called El Gomhoureya shown below:
The skin on the pigeon was perfectly crisped from the coals and the rice was seasoned very well. There isn't much meat on the pigeon so the rice made up for it to make it filling.
The Kofta...oh my the Kofta was AMAZING! The meat was perfectly cooked so the meat literally melts in your mouth!! I would definitely recommend to get the kofta at this place because it was really good!!
Little nibbles at Khan el-Khalili markets
No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the Khan el-Khalili markets!
We did spend a good couple of hours here (I do admit we did get lost as this place is HUGE) so this is our experience with the food at the markets.
Near the entrance to the markets we spotted a vendor who sold potato chips cooked fresh! We had to get one of those! He told us it would be 5EGP for it. As we were eagerly waiting for him to fill-up our cup, he surprising only filled it half way which made it disappointing...the chips were good but for the value it was not worth it so we walked into the markets already disappointed.
We are getting hungrier as we got lost in the markets. So we set our sights to find the next yummiest looking food at the markets. We found a corn vendor who cooked the corn in front of you so that looked promising to us!
The price for one corn was 10EGP.
As we bit into the corn, another feeling of disappointment came over us as the corn was flavour less and had no seasoning on it 😭. So we yet again are in search for some good food in the markets.
We then walked passed another vendor who sold sweet potato which was cooked in his portable oven! He originally asked us for 20EGP but after some haggling he dropped the price down to 10EGP and threw a small potato in as well!
To be honest I really liked the small potato more than the bigger one! The potato had a nice smokey flavour from the oven and it was cooked really well! So I was happy with this purchase and would come back for the little ones only!
As we wandered through the market alley ways in search for some more food we hit the jackpot with this vendor!!
He sold shawarma for 25EGP and let me tell you it was worth it!
So there was 2 pastries in this wrap. The outer pastry was light and the one in the middle was a heavier one which made it filling. The vendor added a chilli sauce, a white sauce (to this day we are unsure what it was but it was damn good) and chicken with a few pickles. It was so good and we loved every moment eating it!!
So that wraps (pun intended) up our Cairo feed and now I will get straight into our food in Luxor!
For breakfast: we had it included in the stay so I did not include it in this post.
We made it to beautiful Luxor via train on 3rd of December and were keen on good food after an 11hr train ride from Cairo.
The place we also googled was called "Sofra" and read it had egyptian cuisines and also close to the train station so we had to give it a try!
We were unsure of what to order so we just went with our gut feeling and ordered the below:
The bill came to 355EGP which was abit pricey but the food was great so I would recommend coming here!
The next day we had a big day ahead for us as we were bike riding around the sites on the west bank (click here for more information on our bike ride!).
After our bike ride to Habu Temple we were definitely need of some food so we stopped by this cute cafe/restaurant that served breakfast for us weary bikers.
The place was called "Cafe Maratonga" and it was just outside the Habu Temple.
We had ordered the big breakfast special that consists of one Spanish omelette, bread, feta cheese, a side salad and crepes. We also ordered a coffee and a hibiscus tea.
I actually enjoyed this breakfast and I would definitely come here again to try the other meals they offer!
The meal costed 115EGP.
Our last restaurant meal was at "Al -Sahaby Lane" and it was a memorable meal at Luxor for me as it overlooked the Luxor Temple and the Nile River.
Our last restaurant meal we ordered a Fateer, Seafood Tajin and Shish Kebab and all the foods came out piping hot!
The Seafood Tajin was my favourite but in all honesty everything was good to me!
This was the most expensive meal we had in Egypt which was 545EGP but it was really good and the views do add into it as well.
Breakfast and dinner: We had dinner and breakfast at our hostel so it was not included in this post.
Last but not least my post would not be complete without adding what I love to eat the most...Fast food.
I definitely wanted to try fast food outside of Australia and yes I got to try this at McDonald's in Luxor!
We tried the breakfast option (as the other foods are only available at 11am) which was the sausage, egg and cheese McMuffin, Spicy Chicken McMuffin, a Mcfalafel and a chocolate pie.
And there you have it, our complete blog guide on what we ate in Egypt!
Stay tuned for the next blogposts on what we ate in other countries in the near future!
Thank you for reading and keep eating!