Types of Egyptian Meals, Culinary Arts of Egypt

Egyptian food, ©weldonwk/Flickr

Egyptian food, ©weldonwk/Flickr

Tourists traveling to Egypt can choose from a large variety of Egyptian meals, starting from a sandwich bar up to luxurious meals. Egypt is full of inexpensive stores that serve delicious Egyptian food for a very small amount of money. When you are in a hurry the best choice is to pop in a local snack bar and serve some quick food. Of course after a long day of sightseeing and beach time you deserve to have a great dinner in of the restaurants.

Egyptian restaurants will definitely give you a real taste of Egypt’s culinary arts. Those who are stick to fast food will also find their Kentucky Fried Chicken or McDonald’s in the larger cities but they are a bit expensive. Both water and food are safe in all cities of Egypt, the only thing you need to worry about is that you don’t have enough time and stomach to try all the Egyptian meals.

Eating Habits in Egypt

Local Egyptians usually start their day with just a light breakfast of eggs, beans, cheeses, pickles and jams. Most of the families are having their lunch around 14:00 up to 17:00 which is always followed by a siesta. At 17:00 or sometimes at 18:00 some take a tea time (British style) and late in the evening they have some leftover as a light supper. Egyptians love culinary arts, they often do late night dinner parties where dinner is served around 10:00-11:00 but no earlier. These schedules are not the same in restaurants where meals are served in normal time as lunch at 13:00 and dinner at 20:00.

Spices of Egypt, ©EmsiProduction/Flickr

Spices of Egypt, ©EmsiProduction/Flickr

Egyptian Restaurants

Those who prefer long and comfortable meals and would love to try out Egypt’s real culinary arts can choose from a number of restaurants from the inexpensive ones to the luxurious ones. Most of the restaurants are using native ingredients offering vegetables and fruits in season. Tourists won’t have problems with the menu, they are both English and Arabic. The only exception is Alexandria where they are in French and Arabic. In larger restaurants waiters will speak French, English and possible Italian or German. In these places you will meet both international cuisine and Egyptian meals.

Egyptian food, ©weldonwk/Flickr

Egyptian food, ©weldonwk/Flickr

Snack Bars

A snack bar is a perfect choice for tourists spending most of their time with sightseeing and traveling rather then trying out Egypt’s culinary meals. Most of these Egyptian style fast -foods are clean and offer inexpensive, quick and delicious food.

McDonald's in Luxor, Egypt, ©bandarji/Flickr

McDonald’s in Luxor, Egypt, ©bandarji/Flickr

Egyptian Home Cooking

You can call yourself lucky if you get invited for a dinner to an Egyptian home. There are no time schedules for dinner and home made food won’t let you ever forget Egyptian meals. You may be introduced to other guests and make new friends. At least half an hour waiting from the end of the meal is appropriate before you want to leave.

Koshary, a cheap Egyptian meal, ©jeminichronicles/Flickr

Koshary, a cheap Egyptian meal, ©jeminichronicles/Flickr

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