Saturday, March 31, 2018

Koshari: Abou Tarek & Zizo @ Cairo, Egypt

One of Egypt's most popular recipes, koshari is widely considered the country's national dish - an unlikely mix of macaroni, lentils and rice, jazzed up with cumin-spiced tomato gravy, garlic vinegar and optional hot sauce, garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. 

It's pretty tasty (earthy, starchy and tangy) and very hearty (so much carbs!); Cairo's top spot for koshari might be Abou Tarek, a sprawling, four-storey space packed with customers, eating alongside smiling portraits of the restaurant's eponymous founder. It's worth reiterating that portions are more than princely - even the smallest serving of koshari here might suffice for two persons.

If you prefer not to wait for a table, particularly at peak hours, plenty of other places in the city offer a bowl of koshari. Zizo is a clean, contemporary cafe that does a decent version; its shatta sauce is fairly fiery too, even for chilli-loving Malaysians.


4 comments:

  1. Koshari? Dunno if I'd like that, never heard of it nor seen it before. I'd probably like it since you say it's fiery!

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    1. Suituapui: i think it works well for malaysian taste buds - or most taste buds, in general ... everyone i met in egypt enjoys it! :)

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  2. so many types of carbs in a bowl, macaroni, rice and I spotted noodles as well, quite weird for me :P

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    1. Choi Yen: haha, yes, it’s a good meal if we’re hungry :D

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