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11 Dishes You Didn't Know Aren't Actually Egyptian

Most of our favourite Egyptian dishes aren't actually Egyptian and we're as surprised as you are.

Eating is what Egyptians do best. And we’re proud of our cuisine. Ful Medamis and Falafel are just the tip of the iceberg. But it turns out these 11 dishes that we know and love so much, aren’t actually originally Egyptian.

Molokhayah

Turns out the Egyptian magic green soup that any self-respecting Egyptian has had at least a hundred thousand times is actually Tunisian. But they don't make it as good as we do.

Mahshi

So you claim that your grandmother makes the best Mahshi in the world and you refuse to eat that anywhere else because she just makes them so well? We’re pretty sure that the grandmothers in Turkey could give her a run for her money where stuffed pepper, squash, and zucchini actually originate. But not wara2 3einab. That’s ours.

Baklava

We love this mid Ramadan snack a bit too much and to our disappointment it’s Turksih.

Kishk

We’re not exactly sure what it is but it’s delicious… and from Afghanistan.

Zalabia (Lo2mt Ady)

These little dough balls dipped in honey and covered in sugar are a part of every Egyptian’s childhood. But they’re not Egyptian, they’re Indian.

Shawerma

You probably already knew this was Turkish, but it’s such a huge part of our diet that we had to talk about it.

Kunafa

Your favorite Egyptian post-iftar dessert isn’t actually Egyptian, it’s Shami.

Baba Ganoush

Every time you go out for a genuine Egyptian meal, baba ganoush is always on the table, but it doesn’t belong there. It belongs on the Shami table, but it's here to stay.

Freska 

This go-to beach snack that you’re really not sure what it’s made of but you love anyway isn’t Egyptian, it’s... you guessed it, Shami.

Fattah

Fattah is also Shami (is everything Shami?) and it’s a breakfast food. Apparently rice and flatbread mixed with chickpeas and yogurt is an acceptable breakfast food in the Levant countries.

Koshary

Koshary, the national dish of Egypt, is Indian. We know, we’re just as surprised as you are. This dish apparently came to Egypt with the British occupation and the Egyptians loved it so much that they made it their own. As they do with a lot of stuff.


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