Home to several of Egypt’s best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sights, Cairo is a city with numerous incredible and half-forgotten monuments that one may see when roaming around it. But, monuments are not the only things that a tourist should look for. Cairo’s cuisine are also worth trying! Dining in the city is far from difficult. There are several options and dishes to consider! Aside from the various selection of restaurants that serve either traditional Egyptian cuisine and/or popular food outside the country, small markets, or in stands on the street also sell some of Cairo’s most popular cuisine!

For a list of some of the city’s must-try food, browse through this Cairo Cuisines Worth that are Trying! Trying out new food is an experience no one should miss!!!

1. Falafel

Falafel
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The Falafel is a a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. It is usually sold on the street corners in Cairo. Falafel is a favorite among vegetarians and can be served as an appetizer with hummus and tahini, or as a main course.

2. Ful Medames

Ful Medames
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Cooked and mashed fava beans served with vegetable oil, cumin and optionally with chopped parsley, onion, garlic, and lemon juice, the Ful Medames is a popular breakfast dish in Egypt.

3. Kushari

Kushari
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The Kushari is an Egyptian dish of rice, macaroni and lentils mixed together, topped with a tomato sauce. It is widely popular amongst workers and laborers and served with a tomato-based sauce, finished with a crispy onion garnish and is best accompanied by a garden salad.

4. Shish Tawook

Shish Tawook
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Consists of cubes of chicken that are marinated, then skewered and grilled, the Shish Tawook is a traditional Arabic and Turkish shish (brochette), which can also be found in Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian, Lebanese, Egyptian and Iraqi cuisines.

5. Shawarma

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Shawarma is delicacy made from thinly sliced cuts of meat, like chicken, beef, goat, lamb, and sometimes turkey, rolled into a large piece of flatbread or pita that has been steamed or heated. Usually, Shawarma is eaten with tabbouleh, fattoush, taboon bread, tomato, and cucumber.

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