SSS Cairo Summer School

Faculty of Medicine-Cairo University

  • May 10, 2017

Eat Like an Egyptian

Love is the international language, they say, but if you want to feel a country’s essence, taste the concentrated extract of a country’s soul; if you want to know what it’s like to be a native Italian, French, English, Lebanese, Indian, or Egyptian; eat like one!

Food is a remarkable contributing factor that forms a part of the cultural entity of every country. Your visit to Egypt will not become satisfactorily enriching unless you taste the following 6 famous foods:

1) “Koshari”

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Roaming the cities of the world, you may taste different ingredients like Italian pasta, Asian rice, or Latin American tomatoes, but what if I told you that ingredients from all around the globe were mixed in a delicious vegetarian dish you won’t find anywhere else: Koshari 😉

2) The Egyptian Beans “Ful Medames”

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This dish is the pharaohs’ traces in our modern world. It’s not a regular protein-full dish, but it’s served with a magical recipe that’ll give you a good taste of the Egyptian legacy.

3) The Egyptian Green Soup “Mulukhiya”

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A dish where the leaves of Corchorus olitorius, commonly known as Nalta jute, are chopped and cooked into a heavy consistency green soup, served with chicken, beef, rabbit meat, or Egyptian bread and rice.

4) Grilled Corn on the Cob

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One the most famous Egyptian street foods, this is more than just a corn on the cob: It’s an Egyptian tradition! You have to eat it while taking a peaceful stroll by the riverside!


WARNING: The following two famous desserts have major calories, but the taste is definitely worth each one of them.


5) The Egyptian Break Pudding “Um Ali”

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This phenomenal Egyptian dessert is a part of our country’s culture, an irresistible mixture of milk, sweet bread, nuts, and cinnamon. While you’re eating it, don’t forget to ask your Egyptian escorts about the stories behind the name of the famous dessert. There are several stories as to where the name comes from, but whichever one you choose to believe, you’re bound to enjoy this dish!

6) Rice Pudding

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Or as the Egyptians call it, “Roz bel-Laban”. Your taste buds will thank you for the taste of this very basic, sweet, and nutritious dish.


Eating in a foreign country may be the surest, truest way to its soul. We would love to see you in Egypt this summer, and we would love to see you eat like an Egyptian!


Author: Ola Howeidy

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