Thursday, March 1, 2007

Egyptian Fast Food


It beats MacDonalds by a mile in my book. There are stands everywhere in Egypt selling foul sandwiches, felafel sandwiches and variations on the theme. Foul is known elsewhere as fava beans or horse beans and they have to be soaked for days and then boiled gently for hours as their skin is so tough. Major roughage. The same soaked beans may be ground into a dough with onions, garlic, cilantro, parsley and maybe other herbs. These are then fried in patties and are known as felafel or ta'meya. The smell from these places is almost impossible to resist, but I usually warn visitors to do so. If the oil hasn't been changed often enough, it's pretty hard on an unconditioned stomach. And there are plenty of more reliable places to get this wonderful food. Cost for two sandwiches is about 20 cents US. Eat your heart out, Ronald.

1 comment:

kris said...

i have no doubt it's tastier than McD, street food is the best